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Middle-Out Economics

Progressive Pro-Growth Principles for Trade and Competitiveness

article icon Issue Brief The United States must develop the international relations and domestic foundations to make trade work for the United States and global middle classes.

By Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson | Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Making Progress on Trade and Competitiveness

How trade can work for the middle class.

By Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Labor market

6 Policies to Combat Inequality

Six common-sense policies could help roll back economic inequality in America.

By Ben Olinsky | Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States

book_alt2 icon Report By expanding apprenticeships in the United States, policymakers can create pathways to well-paying middle-class jobs for young Americans, while helping businesses meet the need for skilled workers.

By Ben Olinsky and Sarah Ayres | Monday, December 2, 2013

Fast food worker strike

Promoting Good Jobs for Millennials

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

Burying Supply-Side Once and for All

If conservatives are serious about promoting economic growth and prosperity, they need to stop fetishizing tax cuts and start proposing policy ideas that are based on actual facts.

By Neera Tanden | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Family Policy: The Foundation of a Middle-Out Agenda

If we want to have the kind of economy that can compete in the twenty-first-century global marketplace, making sure that the changes in how families work and live can support growth—both through stable consumption and through caring for workers—must be a top priority.

By Heather Boushey | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

President Barack Obama

Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a Penny

There are a number of things that policymakers can do to strengthen the middle class that won't require any additional expenditures.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Middle-Out Economics 101

play_alt icon Video CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey explains how middle-out economics helps bolster the U.S. economy.

By Heather Boushey | Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Economics Behind Obama's Unapologetically Liberal Second-Term Agenda

Heather Boushey explains the economics in President Obama's latest State of the Union address.

By Heather Boushey | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Obama Puts the Middle Class First (Surprise: So Do Economists)

President Obama's second term could spell the end of "trickle-down" and the beginning of something that might be called "middle-out" economics.

By Heather Boushey | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech

Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

article icon Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.

By Adam Hersh, Heather Boushey, and David Madland | Monday, December 10, 2012

Nongyu Li, at left, holds his yet to be named newborn daughter alongside his wife Jennifer Gu

5 Charts that Show How Increasing Income Inequality Leads to Less Opportunity

bars icon Charts High levels of income inequality are strongly related to low levels of economic mobility and opportunity, as these graphs clearly show.

By Nick Bunker | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

students graduating from college

How to Slide Down the ‘Great Gatsby Curve’

book_alt2 icon Report Higher income inequality leads to less economic mobility and fewer opportunities for future generations, according to new research on the Great Gatsby Curve.

By Miles Corak | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Income Inequality in the United States Fuels Pessimism and Threatens Social Cohesion

book_alt2 icon Report This working paper determines that income inequality leads to pessimism and anger about the direction of the country, therefore causing our sense of unity and society to erode.

By Eric M. Uslaner | Wednesday, December 5, 2012