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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

Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Dad on parental leave book_alt2 icon Report We need to establish a national family and medical leave insurance program that addresses the realities of our current workforce.

By Heather Boushey and Alexandra Mitukiewicz | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Why Immigration Reform Means More Tax Revenues

immigration, taxesImmigration reform would lead to significant increases in the country’s tax revenues.

By Patrick Oakford | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Infographic: The Hidden Dangers of 401(k) Fees

High 401(k) fees may be costing you tens of thousands of dollars and could force you to work for years longer than you had planned.

By Jennifer Erickson and David Madland | Friday, April 11, 2014

Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings

Headlines article icon Issue Brief Better disclosure about retirement fees will go a long way toward boosting retirement savings.

By Jennifer Erickson and David Madland | Friday, April 11, 2014