The American Middle Class is no longer the world's richest
(Source: New York Times, April 22, 2014)
NEW YORK -- The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
One factor is that companies in the United States economy distribute a smaller share of their bounty to the middle class and poor than similar companies elsewhere. Top executives make substantially more money in the United States than in other wealthy countries. The minimum wage is lower. Labor unions are weaker.
Full story: New York Times
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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