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Forum on Economic Challenges Facing the Middle Class




Forum on Economic Challenges Facing the Middle Class 

To kick off this new Project, on February 24, Senator Warren and Rep. Cummings held the first in a series of congressional forums to hear directly from leading economists about how the nation’s economic system has been rigged against the middle class over the past several decades.

Read Rep. Cummings' opening statement here, and Senator Warren's opening statement here.



Dr. Jared Bernstein
Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Dr. Beth Ann Bovino
U.S. Chief Economist at Standard & Poor’s Rating Services

Dr. Gerald Jaynes
Professor of Economics and African American Studies at Yale University

Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz
University Professor at Columbia University


Middle Class Prosperity Project: Graphs 

Productivity vs Wages      Rise and Fall of Middle-Class Wealth


Middle Class Prosperity Project: Survey of Leading Economic Experts

This week, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren launched the Middle Class Prosperity Project to focus attention on challenges facing the middle class and to identify policy changes to help the middle class grow and thrive.

Read the full White Paper here.