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Expertise: Economic policy, retirement, labor unions, employment, economic inequality, middle class

David Madland is a senior fellow and the senior adviser to the American Worker Project at American Progress. He has written extensively about the economy and American politics on a range of topics, including the middle class, economic inequality, retirement policy, labor unions, and workplace standards such as the minimum wage.

Madland is the author of Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class, which was published by the University of California Press in 2015. Kirkus Reviews called the book “a dramatic and clearly delineated outline” of the coming fight between trickle-down and middle-class economics,” while Salon wrote that “Madland’s book makes a strong and clear argument that an economy geared around the middle class is not only more in keeping with democratic and liberal norms, but it’s simply better economics, too.”

He has appeared frequently on television shows, including “PBS NewsHour” and CNN’s “Crossfire”; has been cited in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker; and has been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows across the United States. He has testified before Congress on a number of occasions, as well as several state legislatures. Madland has been called “one of the nation’s wisest young scholars” by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky noted that he “wrote the first long piece to appear on middle-class economics.”

Madland has a doctorate in government from Georgetown University and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system was honored as the best dissertation of the year by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is the co-author of Interest Groups in American Campaigns, a book about the role and influence of interest groups in American democracy, and is the author of several academic articles. He has worked on economic policy for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and has consulted for several labor unions. At American Progress, he previously served as the Managing Director for Economic Policy and the Director of the American Worker Project.

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By David Madland
Unions Are Democratically Organized, Corporations Are NotCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2020
5 Ways State and Local Governments Can Make Climate Jobs Good JobsCenter for American ProgressOctober 9, 2020
Fact Sheet: How State and Local Governments Can Make Climate Jobs Good JobsCenter for American ProgressOctober 9, 2020
Unions Play a Major Role in Helping America’s Middle ClassCAP ActionSeptember 22, 2020
3 Pro-Union Reforms To Improve Tax Fairness for American WorkersCAP ActionSeptember 2, 2020
How State and Local Governments Can Support Safe Workplaces and Protect Public Health During the Coronavirus CrisisCAP ActionMay 13, 2020
How the Federal Government Can Protect Essential Workers in the Fight Against CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 8, 2020
Structural Changes Are Needed To Address CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2020
Industry and Firm Bailouts Amid the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2020
What Is Sectoral Bargaining?CAP ActionMarch 2, 2020
Working-Class Americans in All States Support Progressive Economic PoliciesCAP ActionJanuary 29, 2020
The State of Our Unions: New BLS Data Show the Need for Pro-Union Policy ReformCAP ActionJanuary 22, 2020
Workers’ Boards: A Brief OverviewCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2019
Workers’ Boards: Frequently Asked QuestionsCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2019
A How-To Guide for State and Local Workers’ BoardsCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2019
American GhentCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2019
The Middle Class Continues to Struggle as Union Density Remains LowCAP ActionSeptember 10, 2019
A New ‘Bill of Rights’ for Domestic Workers Will Let Them Finally Bargain CollectivelyFortuneJuly 19, 2019
How to Promote Sectoral Bargaining in the United StatesCAP ActionJuly 10, 2019
All Public Sector Workers Should Have the Right To Join a UnionCAP ActionJune 25, 2019
American Workers Need Unions: 3 Steps to Strengthen the Federal Labor Law SystemCAP ActionApril 2, 2019
How Workers Get Paid Is Changing: Consumer Protections Need to Catch UpCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2019
10 Ways State and Local Officials Can Build Worker Power in 2019CAP ActionDecember 12, 2018
Universal home care program a major step forwardSun JournalOctober 7, 2018
Without Strong Unions, the Middle Class Is in TroubleCenter for American Progress Action FundSeptember 13, 2018
Under President Trump, Workers Continue to StruggleCenter for American ProgressSeptember 11, 2018
Union Membership Narrows the Racial Wealth Gap for Families of ColorCenter for American ProgressSeptember 4, 2018
Combating Pay Gaps with Unions and Expanded Collective BargainingCenter for American Progress Action FundJune 28, 2018
Broad Public Support for Wage BoardsCAP ActionMay 31, 2018
The Working-Class Push for Progressive Economic PoliciesCAP ActionApril 17, 2018
Wage Boards for American WorkersCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2018
Young Workers Deserve Better TrainingMarketWatchApril 4, 2018
Better Training and Better JobsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2018
President Trump’s Policies Are Hurting American WorkersCAP ActionJanuary 26, 2018
Attacks on Public-Sector Unions Harm States: How Act 10 Has Affected Education in WisconsinCAP ActionNovember 15, 2017
The Better Deal That America’s Workers DeserveGoverningOctober 19, 2017
Without Strong Unions, Middle-Class Families Bring Home a Smaller ShareCAP ActionSeptember 14, 2017
New Census Data Show Household Incomes Are Rising Again, But Share Going to Middle Class Is at Record LowCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2017
Service Contract Act and Davis-Bacon Act Under AttackCAP ActionJune 27, 2017
Anti-Democratic Attacks on Unions Hurt Working AmericansCAP ActionJune 26, 2017
How State and Local Governments Can Strengthen Worker Power and Raise WagesCAP ActionMay 2, 2017
Congressional Vote Threatens Paychecks and Workplace Safety for Millions of Federal ContractorsCAP ActionJanuary 31, 2017
Building Middle-Class Wealth Through UnionsCAP ActionDecember 1, 2016
The Future of Worker Voice and PowerCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Stronger Unions Needed to Sustain Recent Middle-Class GainsCAP ActionSeptember 15, 2016
New Census Data Show Middle-Class Incomes Rising—But More Work to Be DoneCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2016
5 Reasons Why the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations Will Raise Standards for Workers, Taxpayers, and BusinessesCAP ActionAugust 24, 2016
Unions Help the Middle Class, No Matter the MeasureCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2016
Improving Americans’ Retirement Outcomes Through the National Savings PlanCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2016
What Do Unions Do for the Middle Class?Center for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2016
Making myRA a More Effective Savings OptionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2016
How to Rebuild the Middle ClassDemocracy JournalJanuary 4, 2016
Contracting that WorksCenter for American Progress Action FundNovember 13, 2015
New Census Data Highlight Why the Middle Class Needs Strong UnionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2015
New Census Data Show that the Middle Class Is Not Recovering Fast EnoughCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Bargaining for the American DreamCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2015
Ohio’s Struggling Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressAugust 5, 2015
Capitalism for EveryoneCenter for American ProgressJuly 21, 2015
Retirement Labels and Retirement Receipts Could Save American Investors Billions Each YearCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2015
Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive OrderCAP ActionFebruary 26, 2015
The Reality of the Retirement CrisisCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2015
As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class ShrinksCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2014
Unions Are Among the Very Few Interest Groups that Represent the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressNovember 14, 2014
New Census Data Once Again Illustrate Importance of Unions to the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2014
What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2014
Keep Calm and Muddle ThroughCenter for American ProgressAugust 6, 2014
Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding ContractorsCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2014
How Your Employer Could Be Losing You Thousands of DollarsHuffington PostJuly 9, 2014
Florida’s Struggling Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMay 29, 2014
How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic PolicyCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2014
Infographic: The Hidden Dangers of 401(k) FeesCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2014
Fixing the Drain on Retirement SavingsCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2014
Evidence Shows Increasing the Minimum Wage Is No Threat to EmploymentCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2014
Polling Shows Americans Want Retirement Policy ReformCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2014
A Step in the Right Direction on RetirementCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2014
President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2014
Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized LaborCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2014
The Decline of Colorado’s Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2013
At Our Expense: Federal Contractors that Harm Workers Also Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2013
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost the Incomes of Millions of Women and Their FamiliesCenter for American ProgressDecember 9, 2013
Labor and Management Working TogetherCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2013
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our EconomyCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2013
Improving Retirement Savings in MarylandCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2013
Middle Classes Are Stronger in States with Greater Union MembershipCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2013
3 Charts Showing How Middle-Class Incomes Continue to Stagnate While Overall Inequality GrowsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
American Retirement Savings Could Be Much BetterCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2013
The Need for Transparency in DetroitCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2013
Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to DisappearCenter for American ProgressJuly 10, 2013
A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary EducationCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2013
Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a PennyCenter for American ProgressApril 24, 2013
Growing the WealthCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2013
States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2013
Legal Status for Undocumented Workers Is Good for American WorkersCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2013
Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings TrustCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2013
Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 or $9 an Hour?The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFebruary 27, 2013
Women and Families Would Be the Lead Recipients of a Minimum-Wage BoostCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2013
State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken UnionsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2013
Job Growth Is Too Fragile for Additional AusterityCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2013
Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2012
Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2012
‘Middle-out’ economics trumped ‘trickle-down’ on Nov. 6 – Now policies should reflect thatThe HillNovember 26, 2012
States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle ClassesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2012
Unions Boost Economic Mobility in U.S. StatesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
Pension Modernization for a 21st Century WorkforceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More SecureCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2012
5 Charts on the State of the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2012
Making Our Middle Class StrongerCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2012
The Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage When Unemployment Is HighCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2012
Women Are the Biggest Losers from Failure to Raise Minimum WageCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2012
Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2012
Ties that BindCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2012
House Republicans Assault Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2012
Americans Care About Economic InequalityCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2012
We Need Strong Policy Steps to Maintain Momentum in the Labor MarketCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2012
Right-to-Work 101Center for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2012
In Defense of Defined-Benefit PensionsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2012
Dormant Union Membership Is a Bad Sign for the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2012
Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressJanuary 25, 2012
Boeing-Machinists Deal Benefits Company, Workers, and NLRB CredibilityCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2011
The Middle Class Grows the Economy, Not the RichCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2011
House Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board Hurt All WorkersCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2011
Middle-Class Societies Invest More in Public EducationCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2011
The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated NationCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2011
Rep. Payne’s Resolution Recognizes that Unions Build the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2011
House Majority Appropriations Bill Attacks the Other 99 PercentCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2011
House Budget Bill Guts Worker ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2011
Comments on the Proposed Rulemaking to Create a Compensation Data Collection ToolCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2011
Interactive: Unions Build a Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2011
As Unions Weaken So Does the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2011
New Census Data Show Middle Class Continues to StruggleCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2011
House Majority Doesn’t Have a Jobs Plan—Just More Attacks on WorkersCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2011
Workaday Fans Can Learn from the NFL LockoutThe Huffington PostJuly 19, 2011
There’s Hidden Union Busting in Congressman Issa’s Postal Reform BillCenter for American ProgressJuly 14, 2011
An Increased Minimum Wage Is Good Policy Even During Hard TimesCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2011
No More Lucy Pulling the Football AwayCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2011
The Conservative War on Workers’ RightsCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2011
National Labor Relations Board Maintains Consistency in PreemptionCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2011
The Not-So-Secret Conservative Plot to Raise Taxes on the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2011
Prosperity 2050Center for American ProgressApril 22, 2011
Here They Go AgainCenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2011
Interactive Map: Stronger Unions Create A Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2011
Unions Make the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2011
Growth and the Middle ClassDemocracy JournalMarch 15, 2011
State Budget Deficits Are Not an Employee Compensation ProblemCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2011
Public Sector Unions Should Have the Right to Collective BargainingCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2011
What Is High Road Contracting?Center for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2011
Scapegoating WorkersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2011
The NFL’s Win-Win Labor AgreementCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2010
High-Road GovernmentCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2010
Jobs Are the Answer to Low Public ApprovalCenter for American ProgressAugust 18, 2010
Taking the High RoadCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2010
Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?Center for American ProgressJuly 20, 2010
Rein in Irresponsible Oil DrillersCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2010
The Promise and Peril of a Model 401(k) PlanCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2010
Contracting that WorksCenter for American ProgressMarch 31, 2010
NFL Negotiations 101Center for American ProgressMarch 4, 2010
Data MattersCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2010
Getting Workers Back on Union RollsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2010
Getting Out of the Deep Unemployment HoleCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2010
Post-Superbowl StrategiesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2010
Ask the Expert: NFL Contracts and American WorkersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2010
Meeting the Jobs ChallengeCenter for American ProgressDecember 2, 2009
Comments on the Proposed Regulations to Establish a Contractor Responsibility DatabaseCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2009
Ask the Expert: The Hidden Cost of Low-Wage JobsCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2009
Promoting Higher Labor Standards in Federal ContractingCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2009
Mixed News for Older WorkersCenter for American ProgressSeptember 4, 2009
Laboring Toward RecoveryCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2009
Waiting GameCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2009
Job Outlook Still BleakCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2009
The Bottom Line in Labor Law NegotiationsCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2009
Making Contracting WorkCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2009
New Progressive America: The Millennial GenerationCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2009
Small Step, Big Advance on Labor Law ReformCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2009
Madland on Making the Economy WorkCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act 101Center for American ProgressMarch 11, 2009
CAP Action Supports Employee Free Choice ActCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2009
Unions Are Good for the American EconomyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2009
Card Check: Unions’ Salvation?Center for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2009
After the U.S. Recovers, Will Unions?Center for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2009
Autoworker unions: villains or victims?Center for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2009
Unionization Climbs for Two Straight Years, but Remains a Fraction of 1980s RatesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2009
Harming Workers Until the Very EndCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2009
Unions Are Good for State EconomiesCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2008
Open Debate About Auto Industry Loans Hijacked by ConservativesCenter for American ProgressDecember 9, 2008
Issue Brief: Unions Are Good for the Economy and DemocracyCenter for American ProgressDecember 9, 2008
Enforcing ChangeCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2008
Making Contracting Work for the United StatesCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2008
Bush Economy Continues TankingCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2008
The Progressive Future Is HereCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2008
Joe the Plumber Done RightCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2008
The Benefit of Defined BenefitsCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2008
Millennial Economics: It Don’t Matter if You’re Black or White (or Hispanic)Center for American ProgressOctober 6, 2008
Second Stimulus Needed to Create Jobs and Revive Our EconomyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2008
Bush Shirks Role as Top Labor CopCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2008
Job Losses MountCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2008
Young People Want Progressive Economic ChangeCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2008
Let Unions Work for U.S.Center for American ProgressJuly 21, 2008
Why Biased Media Coverage MattersCenter for American ProgressJuly 10, 2008
Journalists Give Workers the BusinessCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2008
Record Unemployment Should Be a Clarion Call for ActionCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2008
A Tale of Two ConservativesCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2008
The Progressive GenerationCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2008
Strengthening America’s First and Foremost Retirement PlanCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2008
The Write StuffCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2008
Dismal Employment Numbers: 80,000 Jobs LostCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2008
Employment Hits New LowCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2008
What Would Jesus Tax?Center for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2008
American Workers See New Lows at the Year’s EndCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2008
Responsible Investment: A Budget and Fiscal Policy Plan for Progressive GrowthCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2008
American Workers See New Lows at the Year’s EndCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2008
Progressive GrowthCenter for American ProgressNovember 28, 2007
Mixed Signals: Job Growth Up But Concentrated in Only a Few IndustriesCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2007
What Workers Want, Congress Should ProvideCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2007