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Making Prepaid Cards Safer, More Transparent, and More Affordable

Prepaid cardsThe 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

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 & 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 & 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

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

Construction jobsDespite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz & Danielle Corley | Thursday, March 5, 2015

February 2015

An instructor helps job candidates with their resumes. article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to build on successes of past progressive policies by implementing policies that raise wages and boost productivity growth.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation

public transit busIn a never-ending quest to shrink government, conservatives continue to advance specious arguments that are harmful to federal funding for public transportation.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social Security

Social Security Act signing article icon Issue Brief Rising earnings inequality, which has led to an upward redistribution of income, has taken a significant toll on Social Security’s financial outlook.

by Rebecca Vallas, Christian E. Weller, Rachel West, Jackie Odum | Tuesday, February 10, 2015