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America’s Incredible Shrinking Overtime Rights Need an Update

Overtime article icon Issue Brief Guaranteed overtime rights are on the brink of extinction if the U.S. Department of Labor does not move to protect them.

By Brendan Duke | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How the Government Subsidizes Wealth Inequality

Carnegie's Skibo Castle article icon Issue Brief Wealth inequality has increased dramatically in recent years, and government subsidies for capital gains and dividends are only making the situation worse by helping the rich get richer.

By Harry Stein | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Subsidy Phase-Out and Reform Catalyst Bonds

Bahrain article icon Issue Brief Governments spend more money on subsidies for fossil fuels than on efforts to fight climate change. But a new financial instrument—subsidy phase-out and reform catalyst, or SPARC, bonds—gives governments a way to tackle the tough politics of subsidy reform by leveraging billions from private investors.

By Thomas Hale and Peter Ogden | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Important Insights on College Choice and the Burden of Student-Loan Debt

Campus tour article icon Issue Brief Presenting standardized information about student-loan debt to students before they enroll may help them make college choices that minimize debt.

By Elizabeth Baylor and Olivia Murray | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hours, Flexibility, and the Gender Gap in Pay

Equal Pay Day article icon Issue Brief There is a large hourly wage penalty associated with working fewer hours per week. While the effect is similar by gender, because women are more likely to work fewer than 40 hours per week, they experience the wage penalty more often.

By Claudia Goldin | Monday, June 23, 2014

Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

Mother and children book_alt2 icon Report Mothers’ economic contributions to their families are more important now than ever before, as the majority of families with children are headed by women who are either the primary breadwinner or share that responsibility with a partner. Knowing who these women are provides a better understanding of our current workforce and highlights the need to update our nation’s labor standards.

By Sarah Jane Glynn | Friday, June 20, 2014

Drivers of Job Creation

Jennifer Erickson, Director of Competitiveness and Economic Growth at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Policy.

By Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Women Under the Gun

A house at twighlight book_alt2 icon Report Intimate partner violence is a key driver of homicides of women, and weak gun laws at the federal and state levels leave far too many women facing a fatal end to their abuse.

By Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fact Sheets: Protecting Women from Gun Violence

article icon Fact Sheet Some states have already enacted some of these policies, but many are falling short in enacting strong laws to protect women from fatal gun violence.

By Chelsea Parsons and Lauren Speigel | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Accelerating Global Vehicle Efficiency

GM plant book_alt2 icon Report Nations can grow their economies and protect the climate through international cooperation on fuel-economy standards.

By Cecilia Springer, Peter Ogden, Nigel Purvis, and Andreas Dahl-Joergensen | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in Iraq

ISIS article icon Issue Brief The Obama administration needs to launch a comprehensive strategy for the region and prepare for the possible targeted use of force in Iraq to halt the rise of a new terrorist group that could threaten America.

By Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, and Vikram Singh | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition

ISIS fighters book_alt2 icon Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.

By Brian Katulis and Peter Juul | Monday, June 16, 2014

True South: Unleashing Democracy in the Black Belt 50 Years After Freedom Summer

Bond and MLK voting book_alt2 icon Report Fifty years after Freedom Summer, the stretch of heavily black southern states that make up the “Black Belt” are still defined by racial polarization, with black voters often locked out of statewide politics. This report examines the demographic and political changes that are poised to shake up the status quo and defines three lessons from Freedom Summer that organizers can use to advance democracy in the Black Belt—including a massive wave of voter registration.

By Ben Jealous | Monday, June 16, 2014

Expanding Financial Access Through Mobile Banking

Joe ValentiJoe Valenti, Director of Asset Building, testifies before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

By Joe Valenti | Friday, June 13, 2014

Cutting Red Tape

red tape book_alt2 icon Report State education leaders face real barriers—legal and cultural—to building state education agencies that can meet today’s education reform goals. However, there is more they can do within the current policy environment if they are willing to break out of old habits and explore new approaches.

By Robert Hanna, Jeffrey Morrow, and Marci Rozen | Friday, June 13, 2014