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Pfeffer says housing bubble masked decade-long growth in household net worth inequality

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"The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less" - New York Times. 07/26/2014.

This story reports on a recent Russell Sage-funded study highlighting the growth of economic inequality in the U.S. The investigators, Fabian Pfeffer, Sheldon Danziger, and Robert Schoeni, found that net worth declined 36% 2003-2013 for households at the median level, but rose 14% during the same period for households in the top 5%. Although household wealth at the median level appeared to be rising until 2007, much of that gain came from rising home values. Pfeffer, lead author of the study report, says: "The housing bubble basically hid a trend of declining financial wealth at the median that began in 2001."

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Researchers:

Fabian T. Pfeffer
Robert F. Schoeni
Sheldon H. Danziger

More Media Coverage:

Business Insider. American Families Haven't Made Much Of A Comeback Since The Great Recession. 7/29/2014.

Washington Post. The middle class is 20 percent poorer than it was in 1984. 7/29/2014.

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