Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 30, 2013

Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation, Signe-Mary McKernan, Caroline Ratcliffe, C. Eugene Steuerle, Sisi Zhang. Urban Institute, April 26, 2013.

  • Income inequality understates the size of the economic gap between whites and minorities in the United States. In 2010, whites on average had two times the income of blacks and Hispanics, but six times the wealth. Analyses of wealth accumulation over the life cycle show that the racial wealth gap grows sharply with age. Wealth isn’t just money in the bank, it’s insurance against tough times, tuition to get a better education and a better job, savings to retire on, and a springboard into the middle class.”
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