Need quick data and graphs on measures of poverty and inequality (broadly construed)?
The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality recently made public a (beta) open source graphing utility that will make www.inequality.com a comprehensive clearinghouse on poverty and inequality trends. Topics include crime, labor market, public opinion, housing, retirement, health, and many, many more. You can decompose poverty and inequality trends by subgroups (race, age, education, gender) and time in a single graph. Graphs can then be downloaded into either .pdf or .jpeg, and data into Excel or ASCII files. Awesome, right?
As a side note, if this Center is not already on your radar, I would highly recommend checking out their resources, publications, grant and collaboration opportunities. For example, Pathways magazine is full of fascinating, interdisciplinary research on the study of poverty and inequality. Many of the contributors are the “big hitters” in this area. You can subscribe for free (with the option of getting the magazine in print or electronically).