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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.

by Gadi Dechter | Friday, August 31, 2012

5 Charts on the State of the Middle Class

bars icon Charts In five charts, David Madland and Nick Bunker show that the middle class faces a number of economic challenges.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, August 30, 2012

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.

by Michael Ettlinger | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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.

by Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Video: Once Upon a Trickle Down

play_alt icon Video The Center for American Progress and cartoonist Mark Fiore explain why a strong middle class is critical for robust economic growth.

by The Center for American Progress and Mark Fiore | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Making Our Middle Class Stronger

book_alt2 icon Report Report from David Madland presents 35 policies that would help address the challenges Americans face in achieving and maintaining a middle-class standard of living.

by David Madland | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Prosperity and Politics

Heather Boushey reviews Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson's recent book, Why Nations Fail.

by Heather Boushey | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The American Middle Class, Income Inequality, and the Strength of Our Economy

book_alt2 icon 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.

by Heather Boushey & Adam Hersh | Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Federal Tax Code and Income Inequality

article icon Issue Brief Michael Linden examines how our tax code has grown less effective at dampening income inequality, and how various proposals to reform the code would affect inequality.

by Michael Linden | Thursday, April 19, 2012

Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle Class

David Madland details why the Rebuild America Act is a crucial and comprehensive piece of legislation for restoring broad-based prosperity and sustained economic growth.

by David Madland | Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Origins of Prosperity

Daron Acemoglu and his co-author spoke at the Center for American Progress last week about why nations fail.

| Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ties that Bind

David Madland and Nick Bunker explain why rebuilding the American middle class is an important step toward rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Assessing Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity

CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey testifies before the Senate Committee on the Budget.

by Heather Boushey | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rebuilding Our Middle Class

Gadi Dechter and Michael Ettlinger analyze the president’s forceful defense of the middle class as our economy’s engine of economic growth and prosperity.

by Gadi Dechter and Michael Ettlinger | Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Top 10 Middle-Class Acts of Congress

Congress would do well to reflect on passage of key middle-class legislation as it considers how to strengthen our economy, writes Nick Bunker.

by Nick Bunker | Thursday, January 19, 2012