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The Danger of Measuring Roadway Congestion Wrong

Wilshire Boulevard article icon Issue Brief By measuring congestion as a reduction in vehicle speed, the U.S. Department of Transportation will penalize states and regions that invest in public transportation—especially traditional bus and bus rapid transit systems.

by Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How Labor Friction and Social Fiction Relate to the Gender Wage Gap

A nurse prepares to hand out medicineLabor market frictions exacerbate lower pay for women.

by Kate Bahn | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Can New Transportation Technologies Improve Equity and Access to Opportunity?

A driver for the ridesharing service Lyft uses Lyft's smartphone app. article icon Issue Brief Rapid advances in technology, including mobile applications that facilitate ridesharing, are transforming surface transportation with the potential to expand transit ridership, social equity, and access to opportunity.

by Kevin DeGood and Andrew Schwartz | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

House Budget Cuts Would Weaken the Economy for Future Generations

A mother feeds her daughter. article icon Issue Brief Economic research shows how cutting health care, environmental, and nutrition programs means unhealthy children today and a less productive workforce tomorrow.

by Harry Stein and Brendan Duke | Thursday, April 14, 2016

A Secure Retirement Demands Limiting Conflicts of Interest

retirement homeThe U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule on conflicts of interest will protect savers and retirees, as well as improve trust in financial advice.

by Joe Valenti | Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-April 2016 Jobs Release

A restaurant general manager interviews candidates for positions.Workers are finding jobs, but most still need a raise.

by Michael Madowitz, Shiv Rawal, Juliana Vigorito | Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Obama Health Care Legacy: More Coverage and Less Spending

Obama speaks about ACAMajor federal health programs now cover millions more Americans while costing less than was expected in earlier estimates that did not include the Affordable Care Act.

by Harry Stein | Friday, March 25, 2016

5 Affordable Housing Objectives the Duty to Serve Rule Could Accomplish in Underserved Areas

California mobile homeA rule recently proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency could help facilitate a more affordable and fair housing market.

by Shiv Rawal and Sarah Edelman | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pains, Trains, and Automobiles During the D.C. Metrorail Shutdown

Gates are closed at the McPherson Square Metrorail Station.Metrorail’s recent daylong shutdown resulted in more than 76,000 hours lost in travel time, costing an estimated $1.2 million. Continuing to underfund a troubled system is far costlier than fixing it.

by Andrew Schwartz | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How the House Budget Sides with the Wealthy Over Everyone Else—Even Republican Voters

Paul Ryan budgetThe House budget makes choices that are terrible for working families but popular with wealthy Republican donors. These priorities are out of touch with the American people and a majority of Republican voters.

by Harry Stein and Alex Rowell | Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-March 2016 Jobs Release

construction worker bars icon Charts Labor market indicators show a healthy economy that has room to grow.

by Michael Madowitz, Shiv Rawal, Juliana Vigorito | Thursday, March 3, 2016

When I Was Your Age

Woman checking phone article icon Issue Brief Despite being more educated and working in a more productive economy, 30-year-olds today barely make more than 30-year-old Baby Boomers did in 1984.

by Brendan Duke | Thursday, March 3, 2016

5 Trends to Watch in Consumer Finance

Customers using ATMsExpanding opportunity through finance demands attention to demography, technology, and sound public policy.

by Joe Valenti | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Streets for All

Bicyclist in South CarolinaStates and the federal government should support promising local initiatives to build streets that serve all users, not just vehicles.

by Andrew Schwartz | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fast Facts: Economic Security for South Carolina Families

Workers prepare peaches article icon Fact Sheet The right policies can go a long way toward helping all South Carolina women gain economic security.

by Ryan Erickson, Sarah Jane Glynn, Heidi Williamson | Thursday, February 18, 2016