Black Americans are much more likely to serve the nation, in military and civilian roles

National service holds out the promise of creating a fairer, better and more equal society.…

Unpredictable work hours and volatile incomes are long-term risks for American workers

Debates about working time tend to focus on quantity. Are American workers having to put…

100 years on, politics is where the U.S. lags most on gender equality

A century on from women winning the right to vote in the U.S., our nation…

Race gaps in COVID-19 deaths are even bigger than they appear

The COVID-19 pandemic has been like the flash of an X-ray, exposing the deep fractures…

COVID-19 much more fatal for men, especially taking age into account

A topical trope is that COVID-19 “does not discriminate.” This is false.  A range of…

Middle class marriage is declining, and likely deepening inequality

Over the last few decades, family formation patterns have altered significantly in the U.S., with long-run rises in non-marital births, cohabitation, and single…

The Times takes on college legacy preferences: Let’s hope it is the knock-out punch

Mark your calendars: today could turn out to be an important date in the history…

Elite or elitist? Lessons for colleges from selective high schools

Admissions policies at some of the nation’s most selective schools are under intense scrutiny. But we’re…

A middle class theory of relativity: 4 benchmarks

How is the middle class doing? This question is being asked with increased urgency by…

Colleges caught up in admissions corruption are elite already

The accused parties in the college admissions corruption case are the parents who offered bribes and the…

The Power of Love: Why maternal depression is an economic mobility issue

Rates of upward economic mobility in the U.S. are too low: on this there is…

A Conversation with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. John Kasich

On October 10, the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings hosted Governors John…