Income distribution

The Decline of the Middle Class Explained in One Easy Graphic

For years, economists, analysts, politicians and pundits have bemoaned the steady decline of the middle class -- and, odds are, you've felt what they're talking about from the inside. But that's not the same as seeing the data laid out in front of you.

Most Americans Say the Rich Don't Pay Enough Taxes

As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are paying too little in taxes, according to a new survey.

This May Be the Best Way to Put CEO Pay in Perspective

To wrap your head around how much someone like Larry Ellison makes, try comparing his compensation to the median income of an American household, $49,777. His 2008 take of $543 million is the equivalent the annual earnings of 10,908 average American families.