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Economy: Archives

December 2014

homeless man retail window article icon Issue Brief Economic data show that it is time for an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Inequality, Opportunity, and the Housing Market

Foreclosed houseJulia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress, recently testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. Her testimony provides recommendations for increasing access to safe and affordable credit.

by Julia Gordon | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Public Transportation and the Path Dependency of Highway Investments

A metro station article icon Issue Brief To fully realize the potential of Metro’s Silver Line, policymakers must break with past development practices, focus public resources, and use the regulatory power of the state to guide sustainable development.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 18, 2014

As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks

A mother eats dinner with her daughter bars icon Charts Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income.

by Keith Miller & David Madland | Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Reasons Why Social Security Matters for Women’s Economic Security

press conference on Paycheck Fairness ActThe Social Security program should be strengthened to support working women as they age and face the realities of caring for their families.

by Sarah Jane Glynn & Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Continued Job Gains Are Sweet Music, and There Is Reason to Hope It’s Not the Same Old Song for Wages

factory workerEverybody liked the November jobs report, let’s hope the signs of wage growth are not a blip but the start of a new trend.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, December 8, 2014

Public-Private Partnerships

East End article icon Issue Brief The greatest constraint on infrastructure investment is the public’s willingness to pay the taxes and fees necessary to service project debts. Public-private partnerships are an efficient way to transfer project development risk—though they cannot overcome the inherently political challenge of building public support for taxation.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, December 8, 2014

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-December 2014 Jobs Release

Job search bars icon Charts Despite an improving labor market, other indicators show that the United States is a long way from attaining the healthy economy that Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz & Jackie Odum | Thursday, December 4, 2014

November 2014

Job fair article icon Issue Brief This month’s economic data shows that it’s time for an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Monday, November 24, 2014

Everything but the Wages: One Major Step Short of a Robustly Healthy Labor Market

shoppersThe economy continues to grow and add jobs at a healthy pace; unfortunately, the uptick in wages has yet to arrive.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, November 10, 2014

Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Millennials

Millennials and business article icon Issue Brief Young people want to start businesses, but they face challenges.

by Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Monday, November 10, 2014

The Need to Protect Private Enforcement Mechanisms

JusticeA recent Delaware Supreme Court decision threatens to undermine shareholders’ abilities to bring private litigation against corrupt companies.

by Anna Chu | Friday, November 7, 2014

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-November 2014 Jobs Release

job fair bars icon Charts Despite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz and Jackie Odum | Thursday, November 6, 2014

New GDP Numbers Show an Economy Chugging Along but Still Lagging

car factoryThe third quarter’s GDP numbers show that the economy is returning to normal growth, but we may never make up what we lost.

by Michael Madowitz | Friday, October 31, 2014

Millions of Americans Are Outside the Financial System

payday loan article icon Fact Sheet New data from the FDIC reaffirm that many families lack bank accounts or are otherwise underserved by the financial system.

by Joe Valenti | Thursday, October 30, 2014