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What Data on Older Households Tell Us About Wealth Inequality and Entrepreneurship Growth

Older entrepreneur book_alt2 icon Report Entrepreneurship has become especially pronounced among older households, while entrepreneurship among younger households has fallen, slowing overall entrepreneurship in the United States.

by Christian E. Weller, Jeffrey Wenger, Benyamin Lichtenstein, Carolyn Arcand | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1 Million Missing Entrepreneurs

An empty chair sits in front of a wall. article icon Issue Brief New research identifies a fall in business-owner households, highlighting the need for policies that strengthen and grow the middle class and, with it, our pipeline of future entrepreneurs.

by Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 21, 2015

How Does Middle-Class Financial Health Affect Entrepreneurship in America?

lightbulbs book_alt2 icon Report Policies that focus on strengthening the financial health of the middle class will ultimately foster a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial economy in the United States.

by Camilo Mondragón-Vélez | Thursday, May 21, 2015

4 Essential Questions About Air Traffic Control Privatization

Air traffic control article icon Issue Brief Given the magnitude of the changes that privatizing the operation of air traffic controls would bring about—in aviation governance; industry taxation; and potentially, safety—proponents must be able to show that benefits will clearly exceed costs.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and Taxpayers

Sen. MurrayIn addition to giving working families a long-overdue raise, the new bill will save taxpayers an estimated $5.3 billion per year on SNAP when fully implemented.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hours Flexibility and the Gender Gap in Pay

A woman reconciles a cash register drawer 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

How the Gender Wage Gap Differs by Occupation

Cashiers and baggers stand idleA new CAP analysis shows the jobs with the largest and smallest gender wage gaps.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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

A teacher plays a game with her students.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

Infographic: Inaction on Immigration Is Too Costly

circle chartThe numbers show that the United States stands to see significant gains from deferred action programs—and that the gains from legislative reform that includes a pathway to citizenship would be even greater.

by Silva Mathema | Thursday, April 9, 2015

March 2015

roofer works in sun article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to build on successes of past progressive policies by implementing measures that raise wages and boost productivity growth.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Friday, March 27, 2015

Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

San Francisco skyline sunset article icon Issue Brief To ensure that more people benefit from the opportunities cities create, the Center for American Progress has compiled key policy proposals that address the challenges faced by distressed urban areas.

by the Poverty to Prosperity Program and the CAP Economic Policy Team | Monday, March 23, 2015

Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

husband and wifeHouse and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.

by Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Anna Chu | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Rich Can’t Save Retail

Shopping for shoes book_alt2 icon Report It’s time for the retail industry to support a policy agenda that helps its most important customers—the middle class.

by Brendan Duke | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Considerations in Dynamic Scoring and Macroeconomic Modeling

Calculator book_alt2 icon Report Since the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation are being forced to adopt dynamic scoring, they should consider the most recent credible economic research on tax cuts, inequality, and growth.

by Anna Chu | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Another Strong Jobs Day Means It’s Back to Econ 101 at the Fed

Janet YellenFor the Fed, raising interest rates is all about levels and changes.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, March 9, 2015