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Economy

Better Banking Products on Campus

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Safe Student Account Scorecard is a first step toward ensuring that college financial products are designed with students in mind.

by Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, Sarah Audelo | Monday, April 20, 2015

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Economy

Making Prepaid Cards Safer, More Transparent, and More Affordable

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed prepaid card rule adds transparency and security to cards that increasingly resemble bank accounts, but further improvements could be made.

by Joe Valenti | Friday, April 17, 2015

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Housing

Language Access Is a Consumer Protection Issue

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Language Access Plan is a step toward empowering consumers with limited English proficiency to participate fully in the financial marketplace.

by Michela Zonta & Joe Valenti | Friday, April 17, 2015

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Economy

Hours Flexibility and the Gender Gap in Pay

book_alt2 icon Report There is a large hourly wage penalty associated with working fewer hours per week, and although the effect is similar by gender, women are more greatly affected because they are more likely to work fewer than 40 hours per week.

by Claudia Goldin | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Energy and Environment

With Fossil Fuels the Focus of Its First 100 Days, the New Congress Has No Results to Show

Forty-four percent of the Senate’s votes in 2015 have been on unpopular anti-environmental proposals and divisive fossil-fuel industry priorities. Congressional leaders will have to change their approach if they want results on energy and environmental issues.

by Matt Lee-Ashley & Claire Moser | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Poverty

Cutting Social Security Disability Insurance Won’t Help Anyone Go Back to Work

Proposed cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance for beneficiaries who try to return to work and lose a job through no fault of their own are a step in the wrong direction.

by Rebecca Vallas | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Women's Rights

How the Gender Wage Gap Differs by Occupation

A new CAP analysis shows the jobs with the largest and smallest gender wage gaps.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Women's Rights

Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap

article icon Issue Brief Women of color experience a wider gender wage gap, on average, compared with white women.

by Milia Fisher | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Women's Rights

What Occupational Data Show About the Causes of the Gender Wage Gap

The types of jobs that men and women hold, as well as the industries they work in, have a large effect on the gender wage gap.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Women's Rights

The Gender Pay Gap Explained

play_alt icon Video Women in the United States only earn 78 cents to the dollar compared with men. But there is a lot of confusion about this number. What does it really mean? And where did it come from?

by Sarah Jane Glynn, Sara Langhinrichs, Andrew Satter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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National Security

Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional Action

article icon Issue Brief A final nuclear agreement with Iran may be within reach, but both Congress and the White House must remain vigilant and clear-eyed about the hurdles.

by Vikram Singh, Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, Hardin Lang, Lawrence J. Korb, Shlomo Brom, Ken Sofer | Monday, April 13, 2015

Prime Minister Abadi
National Security

Helping Prime Minister Abadi Beat ISIS and Hold Iraq Together

The Iraqi prime minister’s visit offers an important chance to take stock of the anti-ISIS campaign and make important adjustments.

by Hardin Lang & Peter Juul | Monday, April 13, 2015