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Heather Boushey is Senior Economist at American Progress. Her research focuses on employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. Much of her current work focuses on the Great Recession’s impact on workers and their families, as well as policies to promote job creation. She co-edited The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything (Simon & Schuster ebook, 2009) and was a lead author of “Bridging the Gaps,” a 10-state study about how low- and moderate-income working families are left out of work support programs. Her research has been published in academic journals and has been covered in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and a variety of other media outlets, including The New York Times, where she was called one of the “most vibrant voices in the field.” She also spearheaded a successful campaign to save the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation from devastating budget cuts.
Boushey received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College. She has held an economist position with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute, where she was a co-author of their flagship publication, The State of Working America 2002/3. She grew up in a union family in Mukilteo, Washington, and now lives with her husband, Todd Tucker, in Washington, D.C.Email: email@example.com
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By Heather Boushey:
The House Always Wins
A Top Heavy 1 Percent Will Topple Without a Stable Middle Class
President Obama inherited an economy in virtual meltdown, with job losses at over 20,000 per day the month he was inaugurated. But the problems ran much deeper than a typical run-of-the-mill recession. Long before the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the old rules of the game—where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can earn a decent life—had begun to fall by the wayside.
The economic recovery of the 2000s—from the peak in 2000 to near the end of 2007—middle America didn’t benefit from the economy’s growth. Over that time period, the economy grew by nearly 18 percent, as measured by gross domestic product, yet median household income fell by 0.6 percent. Further, over the past few decades, with the exception of the full employment years of the late 1990s, the U.S. economy became increasingly unequal. The incomes of the families at the top grew by an average of 1.2 percent per year between 1979 and 2009, while those at the bottom saw incomes fall by 0.4 percent per year.
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