The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989

This is the most depressing thing we learned in the new report on incomes and poverty.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Sep 17, 2013

Born poor? You want to live where the middle class is

A new analysis of groundbreaking economic research suggests a strong link between the size of a region's middle class and the ability for its poor residents to climb the economic ladder.

Obama says the typical family income ‘barely budged’ between 1979 and 2007. It grew at least 15 percent.

But Obama's right that median incomes aren't growing fast enough, and those with less education are getting left out.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 25, 2013

Obama says the economy grows best from the middle. Research suggests he’s right.

"Middle-out economics" isn't just a handy political slogan. Evidence suggests it's a good way of thinking about how economies grow best.

Yes, the middle class really is falling behind

Is the middle class better off because the prices of many staple goods are cheaper? It depends on how you define staples.

The middle class isn’t losing more jobs than usual. But it is losing more money.

While middle income people were no likelier to lose their jobs, those that did become unemployed were likelier to take a pay cut once they got another job than people at the top or bottom of the income scale.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 16, 2012

What is the middle class?

Under Obama and Romney's definition, only 4 percent of Americans AREN'T middle class.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 16, 2012