Video: Once Upon a Trickle Down
Video The Center for American Progress and cartoonist Mark Fiore explain why a strong middle class is critical for robust economic growth.
Prosperity and Politics
Heather Boushey reviews Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson's recent book, Why Nations Fail.
The American Middle Class, Income Inequality, and the Strength of Our Economy
Report Heather Boushey and Adam S. Hersh discuss ways that the strength of the middle class and the level of societal inequality both affect economic growth and stability.
The Federal Tax Code and Income Inequality
Issue Brief Michael Linden examines how our tax code has grown less effective at dampening income inequality, and how various proposals to reform the code would affect inequality.
Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle Class
David Madland details why the Rebuild America Act is a crucial and comprehensive piece of legislation for restoring broad-based prosperity and sustained economic growth.
The Origins of Prosperity
Daron Acemoglu and his co-author spoke at the Center for American Progress last week about why nations fail.
Ties that Bind
David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Assessing Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity
CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey testifies before the Senate Committee on the Budget.
Rebuilding Our Middle Class
Gadi Dechter and Michael Ettlinger analyze the president’s forceful defense of the middle class as our economy’s engine of economic growth and prosperity.
The Top 10 Middle-Class Acts of Congress
Congress would do well to reflect on passage of key middle-class legislation as it considers how to strengthen our economy, writes Nick Bunker.
A Sweet 16 to Build a Strong Middle Class
Karla Walter presents 16 ideas for the middle class that aren’t part of the national debate but should be.
President Obama’s Bridge to a Better Economy
Michael Ettlinger details the two policy threads that define the president’s approach toward immediate but also sustainable economic recovery in 2012.
Hard Work Should Pay Off
Heather Boushey argues for work-life policies in The New York Times's "Room for Debate."
The Middle Class Grows the Economy, Not the Rich
David Madland shows how a strong middle class is the key to higher GDP—not giving more money to the wealthy and hoping it trickles down.