Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class
Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.
5 Charts that Show How Increasing Income Inequality Leads to Less Opportunity
Charts High levels of income inequality are strongly related to low levels of economic mobility and opportunity, as these graphs clearly show.
How to Slide Down the ‘Great Gatsby Curve’
Report Higher income inequality leads to less economic mobility and fewer opportunities for future generations, according to new research on the Great Gatsby Curve.
Income Inequality in the United States Fuels Pessimism and Threatens Social Cohesion
Report This working paper determines that income inequality leads to pessimism and anger about the direction of the country, therefore causing our sense of unity and society to erode.
Why President Obama’s Victory Is a Victory for the Middle Class
The president’s re-election means voters have agreed with the idea that an economy that works for everyone and that is built from the “middle out” is the correct path for our country.
Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure
Issue Brief Allowing workers to enroll in either a collective defined-contribution plan or a Thrift Savings Plan would ensure all Americans have access to a quality retirement plan, significantly boosting savings and security while at the same time helping to ensure workers can retire with dignity.
About the Middle Class Project at the Center for American Progress
This series lays the intellectual groundwork for the middle class as the engine of American economic growth and refutes the false notion that supply-side economics works in theory or practice.
The Middle Class and Economic Growth
CAP's Middle Class and Economic Growth project looks to provide a better understanding of the relationship between middle-class strength and the nation’s economic health.
The Failure of Supply-Side Economics
Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden give three decades' worth of evidence that proves supply-side economics doesn't work.
Video: Once Upon a Trickle Down
Video The Center for American Progress and cartoonist Mark Fiore explain why a strong middle class is critical for robust economic growth.
Prosperity and Politics
Heather Boushey reviews Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson's recent book, Why Nations Fail.
The American Middle Class, Income Inequality, and the Strength of Our Economy
Report Heather Boushey and Adam S. Hersh discuss ways that the strength of the middle class and the level of societal inequality both affect economic growth and stability.