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.
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.
Middle-Out Economics 101
Video CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey explains how middle-out economics helps bolster the U.S. economy.
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.
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.
Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class
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.
5 Charts that Show How Increasing Income Inequality Leads to Less Opportunity
Charts High levels of income inequality are strongly related to low levels of economic mobility and opportunity, as these graphs clearly show.
Income Inequality in the United States Fuels Pessimism and Threatens Social Cohesion
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.
Why President Obama’s Victory Is a Victory for the Middle Class
The 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.
Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure
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.
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.
5 Charts on the State of the Middle Class
Charts In five charts, David Madland and Nick Bunker show that the middle class faces a number of economic challenges.
The Middle Class and Economic Growth
CAP's Middle Class and Economic Growth project looks to provide a better understanding of the relationship between middle-class strength and the nation’s economic health.