• Jonathan Osler

Racial Wage Disparities

This graph is courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.


In The Classroom


Questions and content to explore with students could include:

  • What are the key takeaways from this graph? Cite your evidence

  • Describe the relationship between growth in productivity and workers wages since 1980 in three different ways

  • Compare trends in wages for different demographic groups

  • What is being measured on the Y axis?

  • Why do some of the lines dip below 0?

  • Productivity is growing at a faster pace than wages, so who is benefitting from this growth/gap?

Extension Opportunities

How Would You Use This News?

How would you use this graph in your classroom? What math content could it help students explore? Share your ideas in the comments.