The New York Times has published a series of animated charts illustrating income mobility across racial and gender groups. Last week, the newspaper created visualizations demonstrating that Black males earn significantly less than White males with similar backgrounds. These new visualizations show that Black women have similar individual earnings as White women but lower household incomes, that Whites and Asians are more likely to rise in economic status than lower, and that Hispanics are more likely to become rich adults compared to blacks. Ultimately, however, the visualizations demonstrate that White men earn more than anyone. The charts use data from the Equality of Opportunity Project—a group that uses big data to identify policies to promote upward mobility.
Visualizing Income Mobility Across Racial and Gender Groups
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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