Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa

Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

James Lappeman, Head of Projects, UCT Liberty Institute of Strategic Marketing, University of Cape Town
March 22, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: retail inequality consumer-behaviour informal-sector covid-19 panic-buying

Advanced degrees bring higher starting salaries – but also higher debt

A new survey shows that people with advanced degrees make more money starting out on the same jobs as those with just bachelor's degrees. But there's more to the story, two sociologists note.

Eric Grodsky, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
March 20, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins

Tags: inequality student-loans us-higher-education graduate-salaries student-loan-debt graduate-school higher-ed-attainment

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.

Megan Neely, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
March 20, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins

Tags: money economy united-states race finance wall-street inequality great-depression recession great-recession wealth-gap racial-wealth-gap

The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.

Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark
March 18, 2020 | conversation

~3 mins

Tags: internet poverty inequality pandemic broadband online-education digital-divide coronavirus socioeconomics fcc telecommuting covid-19 social-distancing-and-coronavirus social-distancing

Coronavirus, kids and school closings: A public health expert answers 4 questions

So far, children have not been as sickened by the coronavirus as adults. So why do officials talk about closing schools? And what does this mean for you as a parent? A public health expert explains.

Aubree Gordon, Professor of Public Health, University of Michigan
March 13, 2020 | conversation

~6 mins

Tags: childrens-health public-health inequality safety-net coronavirus public-schools national-school-lunch-program k-12-education coronavirus-2020 covid-19

Richer countries must do more to help those already experiencing the climate crisis

Our research has brought us into contact with multiple communities whose lives are increasingly precarious thanks to climate change.

Morten Fibieger Byskov, Postdoctoral Researcher in International Politics, University of Warwick
March 3, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: adaptation drought inequality extreme-weather storms climate-justice interdisciplinarity climate-crisis

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