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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

Making Our Middle Class Stronger

book_alt2 icon Report Report from David Madland presents 35 policies that would help address the challenges Americans face in achieving and maintaining a middle-class standard of living.

By David Madland | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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.

By Michael Ettlinger | Wednesday, August 1, 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

The American Middle Class, Income Inequality, and the Strength of Our Economy

book_alt2 icon 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.

By Heather Boushey and Adam Hersh | Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Federal Tax Code and Income Inequality

article icon 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.

By Michael Linden | Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.

By David Madland | Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Origins of Prosperity

Daron Acemoglu and his co-author spoke at the Center for American Progress last week about why nations fail.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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