Income Inequality

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Background of Income Inequality The history of income inequality in the United States has affected the lives of many citizens. The problem with inequality has evolved over time and has influenced previous public administration policies in the U.S. The problem can be traced back to the American economic depressions; the latest being in 2009 in which many households were directly and indirectly affected. Even though all economic classes were affected, the people which were most affected was the middle class and the poor who had little or no savings (Saez, 2013). While it is evident that the top income class has considerably recovered, the middle and low income class has struggled the most due to the ever rising costs of healthcare and education. This issue has attracted considerable attention of public administrators before, and has been the subject of several research publications. According to the report of the Joint Economic Committee Democratic Staff, the inequality level in terms of income that started almost three decades ago is still on the increase. According to the report, this is despite a confirmed economic recovery - a fact that points to a more serious problem which is the skewed wealth distribution in favor of the rich, (Forster, Llena, Nafilyan, 2014), The problem has been exacerbated by the glaring inequality along the lines of race, age, origin and gender in accessing opportunities, wealth and sustainable income. In fact, the OECD report of 2014 notes

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