The gender wage gap is also a drag on the U.S. economy; closing the gap should be a top priority of any economic policy agenda that seeks to strengthen and grow the economy.
By enhancing the Child Tax Credit, policymakers can substantially reduce child poverty, increase family economic security, and invest in our nation’s next generation. Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.
The decline of unions over the past 30 years has contributed to the falling share of middle-class workers.
As the EPA finalizes the details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program, it should maximize its outreach of energy efficiency programs to low-income communities.
Corporate America’s growing focus on short-term profits instead of long-term value hurts shareholders and the middle class alike. Here is an agenda to nudge markets to focus on the long term.
Our currently unacceptable levels of inequality would be even higher were it not for married women’s rising earnings.
Policies that give all women an equal shot at staying employed are essential tools in fighting income inequality.
Stagnant median household incomes show that policymakers must act to help the middle class.
The 2014 Census data underscore how much policy matters in cutting poverty and improving economic security for low- and middle-income families.
Different data sources concur that middle-class market incomes have grown slowly, if at all, despite significant growth in the economy at large.
New analysis shows that children whose parents belonged to a union—as well as children who grew up in areas with high union membership—earn more money as adults.
By investing in children from birth, we can help mitigate the middle-class squeeze for families with children, cut child poverty, and boost our nation’s economic health in the long term.
Harvard professor Martin Feldstein’s recent argument that middle-class incomes have risen significantly just misses the point.
Policymakers can help workers, businesses, and investors do better by encouraging companies to adopt broad-based profit-sharing programs.
Updated data from University of California, Berkeley, economist Emmanuel Saez illustrate how middle-class income growth is essential to promote healthy economic growth.