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How to Slide Down the ‘Great Gatsby Curve’ Report
A group of students walks into an auditorium to attend University of Connecticut's 2012 graduation ceremonies. College education rates, among other factors laid out in this report, are signs of economic mobility and opportunity. (AP/Jessica Hill)

How to Slide Down the ‘Great Gatsby Curve’

Higher income inequality leads to less economic mobility and fewer opportunities for future generations, according to new research on the Great Gatsby Curve.

Miles Corak

Why President Obama’s Victory Is a Victory for the Middle Class Article

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.

Gadi Dechter

Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure Report
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. (AP)

Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More Secure

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.

David Madland

About the Middle Class Project at the Center for American Progress Article

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.

Gadi Dechter

Video: Once Upon a Trickle Down Video

Video: Once Upon a Trickle Down

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

The Center for American Progress, Mark Fiore

Making Our Middle Class Stronger Report

Making Our Middle Class Stronger

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.

David Madland

The Failure of Supply-Side Economics Article
When President Bill Clinton, pictured here addressing the nation in 1993, raised taxes that same year did the economy suffer a slowdown, as was predicted by those who believe in supply-side economics? The data says no. (AP/Greg Gibson)

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.

Michael Ettlinger, Michael Linden

The Middle Class and Economic Growth Article
For our country to succeed going forward, we need to get back to the  fundamental truth that our success hinges on the strength of the middle  class. (iStockphoto)

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.

Michael Ettlinger

Prosperity and Politics In the News

Prosperity and Politics

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

Dissent

Heather Boushey

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