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The Impact of Redistributive Tax and Transfer Programs on Risk-Taking Behavior and Labor Mobility

book_alt2 icon Report A new CAP analysis explores the effects that redistributive tax and transfer programs have on Americans’ risk-taking behavior and labor mobility.

By Adriana Kugler | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy

Evidence shows that raising the minimum wage when unemployment is high does not harm the economy.

By T. William Lester, David Madland, and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5 Reasons Expanding Apprenticeships Will Benefit Millennials

Rolls-Royce apprenticeLawmakers should expand apprenticeship opportunities to give young Americans access to well-paying, middle-class jobs that do not require a four-year degree.

By Sarah Ayres | Monday, December 2, 2013

November 2013

article icon Issue Brief Economic data show that Congress’s fiscal brinksmanship is keeping businesses from investing in America and consequently holding back overall growth.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Why One Simple Fix Would Dramatically Reduce the Sequester

article icon Issue Brief Congress always intended to replace the sequester with smarter deficit reduction—then they slashed deficits but still left the full sequester in place.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Location Affordability Portal Helps Families, Urban Planners, and Policymakers

The new resource, developed jointly by the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, demonstrates how transportation and housing costs influence a location’s affordability.

By John Craig | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Creating Economic Security

1040 article icon Issue Brief Matching savings by low-income families through refundable tax credits would build families’ economic security and create more-balanced savings incentives in the tax code.

By Joe Valenti and Christian E. Weller | Thursday, November 21, 2013

How Sequestration Gets Worse in 2014

Potholes book_alt2 icon Report Sequestration is already a disaster for the American people. Four key factors will make it even worse next year.

By Harry Stein | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why Congress Must Extend Emergency Unemployment Benefits

cursor icon Interactive Failing to expand emergency unemployment benefits would cut off millions of Americans from benefits and slow economic growth.

By Sarah Ayres | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Promoting Good Jobs for Millennials

Fast food worker strike article icon Issue Brief Young Americans have the most to gain from raising the minimum wage and enhancing worker protections.

By Sarah Ayres | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Amid Fiscal Uncertainty, Businesses Hit the Pause Button

The recent congressional fiscal antics have led to caution and possible stagnation in American business.

By Christian E. Weller | Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle Class

OECDA new OECD report provides a strong and clear call to protect America’s global standing through investments in education because boosting the basic skill level of Americans will improve their employability in the global economy, thus strengthening the middle class.

By Michael Madowitz and Elizabeth Baylor | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Most New Jobs Don’t Pay a Middle-Class Wage

Despite the addition of 204,000 new jobs, more than half pay low wages and offer little room for career advancement.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, November 8, 2013

Big News in Old Data: Sharp Public Cuts Are Undermining the Recovery

The big news in today’s GDP report is the public sector’s rapidly shrinking economic contribution, which is driving not only trend U.S. economic growth lower but also our potential for future growth.

By Adam Hersh | Thursday, November 7, 2013

Food for Thought: New Poverty Data Underscore Effectiveness of Nutrition Assistance as Congress Considers Cuts to Food Aid

The new supplemental poverty data should give legislators pause as they consider cuts to nutrition assistance in Farm Bill negotiations.

By Melissa Boteach | Wednesday, November 6, 2013