Session: Reducing extreme economic inequality (Grand Challenge) SIG (Society for Social Work and Research 24th Annual Conference - Reducing Racial and Economic Inequality)

Reducing extreme economic inequality (Grand Challenge) SIG

Saturday, January 18, 2020: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM
Treasury, ML 4 (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)
Jennifer Romich, PhD, University of Washington and Trina Shanks, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Extreme economic inequality has become a common characteristic of American society. The top 1% owns nearly half of the total wealth in the U.S, while one in five children live in poverty. These division and disparities lead to slower economic growth, increased social dysfunction, and rising political instability. The Social Work Grand Challenge on Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality aims to focus research on practice on increasing the income of the poor, building income and wealth stability, and changing policies and mechanisms that concentrate wealth solely among the wealthy.
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