CAP en Español
Small CAP Banner

Economy: Archives

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 and 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

The Good Employment Numbers Beg the Question—More Jobs, More Problems?

January’s strong employment release report had only positive news, and that should be a good thing, right? That depends on how the Fed responds, which could turn good news into bad news.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, February 9, 2015

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

job interview 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 Danielle Corley | Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Numbers but Same Story: Economy Growing but Wages Flat

With U.S. GDP growth so dependent on consumer spending, there is reason for concern, despite positive numbers.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, February 2, 2015

January 2015

locked school building article icon Issue Brief Americans are still waiting for an economy that works for everyone, rather than a lucky few.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Strengthening the Military Lending Act to Protect Troops from Predatory Practices

Soldier fills out paperworkExpanding the Military Lending Act would better protect service members from becoming trapped in a cycle of debt and risking their security clearances.

by Joe Valenti and Lawrence J. Korb | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valuing All Our Families

father and daughter book_alt2 icon Report Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children.

by Shawn Fremstad and Melissa Boteach | Monday, January 12, 2015

Small Steps Toward a Modernized Community Reinvestment Act

mobile bankingBank regulators’ efforts to update the Community Reinvestment Act reflect changes in the financial marketplace and are valuable first steps toward broader reforms.

by Joe Valenti and Julia Gordon | Monday, January 12, 2015

Expanding Consumer Protection in Auto Finance

auto title loan repossessionsBy expanding its supervision to include nonbank car loans and leases, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rule will protect millions of consumers.

by Joe Valenti | Monday, January 12, 2015

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

bicyclist in Seattle with container shipDespite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz and Danielle Corley | Thursday, January 8, 2015

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 and 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