Gillian B. White

Gillian B. White

Gillian B. White is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

Bail bond businesses are pictured opposite the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, California, January 30, 2015.

Who Really Makes Money Off of Bail Bonds?

A new report finds that the global insurance companies underwriting bonds are reaping their rewards while shouldering virtually none of their risk.

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

MIT economist Peter Temin argues that economic inequality results in two distinct classes. And only one of them has any power.

A laborer works on top of a city building

Black Americans Are Working More—With Little to Show for It

Despite working more every year, earnings gaps aren’t improving.

The Steady Deconstruction of America's Cities

Peter Moskowitz’s new book on gentrification outlines how local governments cede their power over residents’ lives to private interests.

Black Wealth in the Age of Trump

The president-elect has pledged tax reform and job creation—policies that should theoretically help poor and minority Americans. Will they?

Will D.C.'s Housing Ever Be Affordable Again?

Over the next decade, the city’s demographics will change dramatically, and housing policy will largely determine who gets to stay.

How Can the Hospitals That Serve D.C.'s Poor Keep Up?

Even in a city with some of the best health-insurance coverage rates and a glut of medical facilities, residents just a few miles apart are projected to have vastly different lifespans.

Why Should Only the Wealthy Get Solar Panels?

Washington, D.C., has embarked on an aggressive clean-energy plan, but a big challenge will be making sure it doesn't worsen existing inequalities.

When Poverty Is Profitable

A new book details how foster-care agencies and other safety-net programs hire consultants to maximize their funding and divert it from its intended use.

How Tax-Prep Services Prey on the Poor

Big-name tax-preparation companies charge low-income customers big bucks to file for refunds that are simple to do without help.

Is There a Better Way to Think About Income Inequality?

One sociologist says that there’s too much of a focus on giving out more college degrees, getting more people married, and making elite workplaces more diverse.

The Downside of Durham's Rebirth

The city carefully planned its economic revitalization. Why, then, is it so painful for some of the people who have lived here the longest?

Why Blacks and Hispanics Have Such Expensive Mortgages

High-cost lenders are targeting these communities, preventing them from building wealth to pass on to their children.

The Housing Crisis for Americans With Disabilities

For millions of renters with limited mobility and other physical challenges, there are few homes and apartments on the market that work for them.

When Will Labor Laws Catch Up With the Gig Economy?

Companies such as Uber will get regulated eventually—but whether that's the best way to help on-demand workers is still being debated.

How Zoning Laws Exacerbate Inequality

Such laws aren’t just a headache for developers, economists believe. They’re bad for (nearly) everyone.

Should Computers Decide Who Gets Hired?

When it comes to reviewing job applications, humans are relatively bad at selecting the best humans.

Being White Makes It a Lot Easier to Get a Home Loan in Baltimore

That's a problem in a city where 63 percent of residents are black.

Are Hispanic Immigrants Finding a Better Life in the U.S.?

Compared to other immigrant groups? No. Compared to their parents? Yes.

There Are Plenty of New Apartments Being Built—Just Not Affordable Ones

A surplus of swanky residences means wealthier renters aren't seeing the huge price increases that poorer ones are.