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Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability

Graduates pose for photographs article icon Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.

By Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 2014

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders in the White House article icon Issue Brief Despite a broken Congress, the president can still push progressive policies to help strengthen the middle class.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Can FHFA Save the Mortgage Market?

A housing development in Orange County, California.Tight credit may be keeping many qualified prospective homeowners on the sidelines, but they might be necessary for a full housing recovery. FHFA Director Mel Watt is working to ensure that qualified borrowers in all parts of the country have a shot at sustainable homeownership.

By Sarah Edelman and Julia Gordon | Friday, May 23, 2014

What the United States Can Learn from Scotland’s Apprenticeship Expansion

Scottish flags Scotland has doubled its number of apprenticeships while expanding their occupational and gender reach.

By Sarah Ayres and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Protecting Consumers Five Years After Credit Card Reform

A Visa credit card article icon Issue Brief On the fifth anniversary of the Credit CARD Act, policymakers need to consider how to best address the new regulatory gaps in debit cards and give consumers new tools to manage their credit.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Explaining the Gender Wage Gap

President Barack Obama signs executive actions article icon Issue Brief Critics complain that estimates of the gender wage gap are inaccurate oversimplifications. In reality, the statistic that women earn 77 cents to the male dollar reflects real structural barriers to equality deserving of attention.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Monday, May 19, 2014

Job Growth Accelerates, But Unemployed Still Left in the Lurch

UnemploymentDespite faster job growth, labor-market sentiment remains grim as 800,000 leave labor force.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, May 2, 2014

How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic Policy

K Street article icon Issue Brief The practice of rent-seeking—leveraging campaign contributions and lobbying to influence government policy for private gain—has several negative effects on the U.S. economy.

By John Craig and David Madland | Friday, May 2, 2014

Assessing China’s Economic Reform Agenda

Beijing article icon Issue Brief Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang face daunting challenges in reforming the world’s second largest economy, but reforms on the agenda only scratch the surface of China’s nonmarket economy.

By Adam Hersh | Thursday, May 1, 2014

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-May 2014 Jobs Release

Job fairThere’s much more to unemployment than the unemployment rate. Unfortunately, the rest of the statistics we have on the labor market paint a much bleaker picture and show a need for action from policymakers.

By Michael Madowitz and Matt Markezich | Thursday, May 1, 2014

U.S. Economic Growth Loses Traction

Home for saleContinuing income inequality and spending cuts are hamstringing the U.S. economy.

By Adam Hersh | Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 2014

ACA sign-up article icon Issue Brief Progressive policies similar to the Affordable Care Act can lay the foundation for stronger growth and help those most in need.

By Christian E. Weller | Monday, April 21, 2014

The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days

Sick familyAs states continue to pass paid leave and paid sick days legislation, evidence shows that these policies are a win-win for both employers and employees.

By Claudia Calderon Machicado | Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Disinvestment Budget: Government Investments to Improve Our Economic Future Would be Crushed Under the Recently Passed House Budget

Federal spending on infrastructure, scientific research, early childhood education, disease treatment, space exploration, and college tuition could be slashed by nearly half over the next decade.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Economic Importance of Women’s Rising Hours of Work

Working mom book_alt2 icon Report The importance of women’s added work hours to families’ economic well-being lends a new urgency to rethinking U.S. labor standards for the 21st century.

By Eileen Appelbaum, Heather Boushey, and John Schmitt | Tuesday, April 15, 2014