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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

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

President Barack ObamaThere 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

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

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech 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

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

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

How to Slide Down the ‘Great Gatsby Curve’

students graduating from college 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

Why President Obama’s Victory Is a Victory for the Middle Class

DNC delegatesThe president’s re-election means voters have agreed with the idea that an economy that works for everyone and that is built from the “middle out” is the correct path for our country.

By Gadi Dechter | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure

Retirees Rick Corley, left, and his wife Jean pose for a photo in front of their home in Moore, Okla. article icon Issue Brief Allowing workers to enroll in either a collective defined-contribution plan or a Thrift Savings Plan would ensure all Americans have access to a quality retirement plan, significantly boosting savings and security while at the same time helping to ensure workers can retire with dignity.

By David Madland | Thursday, September 20, 2012

About the Middle Class Project at the Center for American Progress

This series lays the intellectual groundwork for the middle class as the engine of American economic growth and refutes the false notion that supply-side economics works in theory or practice.

By Gadi Dechter | Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Charts on the State of the Middle Class

bars icon Charts In five charts, David Madland and Nick Bunker show that the middle class faces a number of economic challenges.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Failure of Supply-Side Economics

Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden give three decades' worth of evidence that proves supply-side economics doesn't work.

By Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Video: Once Upon a Trickle Down

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress and cartoonist Mark Fiore explain why a strong middle class is critical for robust economic growth.

By The Center for American Progress and Mark Fiore | Wednesday, August 1, 2012