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Economic Snapshot: October 2015

article icon Issue Brief Lawmakers should strengthen the economic recovery through policies that support middle-class families.

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The Inefficiencies of Existing Retirement Savings Incentives

article icon Issue Brief Middle-class Americans face a growing retirement crisis. Existing savings incentives have not been enough to address this problem because of a number of associated inefficiencies.

Interactive Map: The Uneven Housing Recovery

cursor icon Interactive The negative equity crisis is a dynamic phenomenon that varies in magnitude and impact over time across different geographic areas.

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Long-Termism or Lemons

book_alt2 icon Report Corporate America’s growing focus on short-term profits instead of long-term value hurts shareholders and the middle class alike. Here is an agenda to nudge markets to focus on the long term.

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Mitigating Risk to Maximize the Benefits of Employee Ownership

book_alt2 icon Report Addressing risk factors involved in employee ownership will ensure that more workers can benefit from its positive effects.

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Shortsighted Cuts to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inhibit Meaningful Policy

Over the past five years, the inflation-adjusted budget for the government’s principal data collection agency has seen dramatic and shortsighted cuts. This is unacceptable.

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Who Wins and Who Loses?

article icon Issue Brief There is no shortage of tax reform ideas these days. Watch out for these claims when considering which tax reforms make sense.

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Bargaining for the American Dream

book_alt2 icon Report New analysis shows that children whose parents belonged to a union—as well as children who grew up in areas with high union membership—earn more money as adults.

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The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2015 Jobs Release

bars icon Charts Here are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

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Time to Reboot the Housing Market

In the market for home purchase loans, stark disparities remain between people of color and non-Hispanic white homebuyers. Policymakers must seriously consider these disparities as they design programs to make the home mortgage market more equitable.

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Wisconsin, Unions, and the Middle Class

article icon Fact Sheet Wisconsin’s middle class is falling behind. Unions can help by raising wages and reducing the pay gap.

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