Policy Papers

Protecting Workers in a Patchwork Economy

Work, once a matter of years of commitment to a single trade, career track, or employer, has undergone a radical transformation.

America's Debt Problem (Dec 2015)

How private debt is holding back growth and hurting the middle class.

The U.S. Economy After The Great Recession

The bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 plunged the U.S. economy into a serious crisis, leaving American households with huge debt.

Beyond the Low-Wage Social Contract

By “low-wage social contract” we mean an economic system that not only assumes but also accepts that many jobs in the U.S. will pay poorly.

The Next Social Contract: An American Agenda for Reform

The American social contract is in crisis.

Renewing the American Social Contract: A New Vision for Improving Economic Security

America’s social contract needs to be reinvented for the twenty-first century.

Expanded Social Security

The conventional wisdom about Social Security is profoundly misguided.

Kludgeocracy: The American Way of Policy

When you add up enough kludges, you get a very complicated program.

No Discount: Comparing the Public Option to the Coupon Welfare State

The fundamental ideological conflict surrounding the Welfare State in the U.S. is no longer over the scope of government.

The American Middle Class Under Stress

The foundation of America's middle class is under strain.

Paid Family Leave

The U.S. is the only wealthy country in the world without a system of paid leave to support working families.

The Dignity Voucher Program

The United States faces two immense challenges: prolonged unemployment and an aging population.