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.
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.
Issue Brief Presenting standardized information about student-loan debt to students before they enroll may help them make college choices that minimize debt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report A new era of extremism, sectarianism, and competition between regional powers requires the United States to update its regional strategy.
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.
Joe Valenti, Director of Asset Building, testifies before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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.