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Expertise: Economic policy, retirement, labor unions, employment, public opinion, economic inequality, middle class

David Madland is a Senior Fellow and the Senior Advisor to the American Worker Project at American Progress. He has written extensively about the economy and American politics on a range of topics, including the middle class, economic inequality, retirement policy, labor unions, and workplace standards such as the minimum wage.

Madland is the author of Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class, which was published by the University of California Press in 2015. Kirkus Reviews called the book “a dramatic and clearly delineated outline” of the coming fight between trickle-down and middle-class economics,” while Salon wrote that “Madland’s book makes a strong and clear argument that an economy geared around the middle class is not only more in keeping with democratic and liberal norms, but it’s simply better economics, too.”

He has appeared frequently on television shows, including “PBS NewsHour” and CNN’s “Crossfire”; has been cited in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker; and has been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows across the United States. He has testified before Congress on a number of occasions, as well as several state legislatures. Madland has been called “one of the nation’s wisest young scholars” by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky noted that he “wrote the first long piece to appear on middle-class economics.”

Madland has a doctorate in government from Georgetown University and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation about the decline of the U.S. pension system was honored as the best dissertation of the year by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He is the co-author of Interest Groups in American Campaigns, a book about the role and influence of interest groups in American democracy, and is the author of several academic articles. He has worked on economic policy for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and has consulted for several labor unions. At American Progress, he previously served as the Managing Director for Economic Policy and the Director of the American Worker Project.

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Republican Anti-Union Efforts Made a Difference on Election DayReal Clear PolicyDecember 1, 2016
Building Middle-Class Wealth Through UnionsCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 1, 2016
How to — and How Not to — Make America’s Middle Class Great AgainInside SourcesNovember 17, 2016
A Path Forward for the Middle Class and the CountryReal Clear PolicyNovember 7, 2016
The Future of Worker Voice and PowerCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2016
Stronger Unions Needed to Sustain Recent Middle-Class GainsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 15, 2016
5 Reasons Why the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulations Will Raise Standards for Workers, Taxpayers, and BusinessesCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 24, 2016
Trickle-Down Economics Led To The Rise Of Trump By Undermining Our DemocracyThe Huffington PostAugust 22, 2016
Unions Help the Middle Class, No Matter the MeasureCenter for American Progress ActionJune 9, 2016
Infographic: $15 and a UnionCenter for American Progress ActionApril 14, 2016
Improving Americans’ Retirement Outcomes Through the National Savings PlanCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 28, 2016
Unwarranted Outcry: NLRB Browning-Ferris Decision Re-establishes Employer ResponsibilityCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 9, 2015
Contracting that WorksCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 13, 2015
New Census Data Highlight Why the Middle Class Needs Strong UnionsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 18, 2015
Ohio’s Struggling Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 5, 2015
Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive OrderCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 26, 2015
Unions Are Among the Very Few Interest Groups that Represent the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 14, 2014
New Census Data Once Again Illustrate Importance of Unions to the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 18, 2014
Executive Order Protects Workers and Supports Law-Abiding ContractorsCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 31, 2014
Florida’s Struggling Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionMay 29, 2014
How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic PolicyCenter for American Progress ActionMay 2, 2014
Fixing the Drain on Retirement SavingsCenter for American Progress ActionApril 11, 2014
Infographic: The Hidden Dangers of 401(k) FeesCenter for American Progress ActionApril 11, 2014
Evidence Shows Increasing the Minimum Wage Is No Threat to EmploymentCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 18, 2014
Polling Shows Americans Want Retirement Policy ReformCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 30, 2014
A Step in the Right Direction on RetirementCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 29, 2014
President Obama Should Use the State of the Union to Hold Accountable Federal Contractors that Harm Workers and Shortchange TaxpayersCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 27, 2014
Union Membership Remained Steady in 2013, But Conservative Attacks Threaten to Weaken Organized LaborCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 24, 2014
The Decline of Colorado’s Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 12, 2013
At Our ExpenseCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 11, 2013
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Boost the Incomes of Millions of Women and Their FamiliesCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 9, 2013
Labor and Management Working TogetherCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 5, 2013
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our EconomyCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 3, 2013
Improving Retirement Savings in MarylandCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 29, 2013
Middle Classes Are Stronger in States with Greater Union MembershipCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 20, 2013
3 Charts Showing How Middle-Class Incomes Continue to Stagnate While Overall Inequality GrowsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 17, 2013
Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 17, 2013
American Retirement Savings Could Be Much BetterCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 20, 2013
The Need for Transparency in DetroitCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 15, 2013
Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to DisappearCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 10, 2013
A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary EducationCenter for American Progress ActionMay 20, 2013
Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a PennyCenter for American Progress ActionApril 24, 2013
Growing the WealthCenter for American Progress ActionApril 2, 2013
States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 21, 2013
Legal Status for Undocumented Workers Is Good for American WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 20, 2013
Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings TrustCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 5, 2013
Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 or $9 an Hour?Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 27, 2013
Women and Families Would Be the Lead Recipients of a Minimum-Wage BoostCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 13, 2013
State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken UnionsCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 23, 2013
Job Growth Is Too Fragile for Additional AusterityCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 4, 2013
Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 10, 2012
Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 10, 2012
‘Middle-out’ economics trumped ‘trickle-down’ on Nov. 6 – Now policies should reflect thatCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 26, 2012
The Evolution of President Obama’s Middle-Out EconomicsCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 24, 2012
States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle ClassesCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 21, 2012
Pension Modernization for a 21st Century WorkforceCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 20, 2012
Making Saving for Retirement Easier, Cheaper, and More SecureCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 20, 2012
Unions Boost Economic Mobility in U.S. StatesCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 20, 2012
Unions Are Necessary to Rebuilding Our Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 12, 2012
5 Charts on the State of the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 30, 2012
Making Our Middle Class StrongerCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 1, 2012
Women Are the Biggest Losers from Failure to Raise Minimum WageCenter for American Progress ActionJune 20, 2012
The Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage When Unemployment Is HighCenter for American Progress ActionJune 20, 2012
Harkin Bill a Big Step Forward for Our Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 29, 2012
Ties that BindCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 22, 2012
House Republicans Assault Social SecurityCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 20, 2012
Americans Care About Economic InequalityCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 5, 2012
We Need Strong Policy Steps to Maintain Momentum in the Labor MarketCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 3, 2012
Right-to-Work 101Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 2, 2012
In Defense of Defined-Benefit PensionsCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 1, 2012
Dormant Union Membership Is a Bad Sign for the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 27, 2012
Unions Make Democracy Work for the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 25, 2012
The Middle Class Grows the Economy, Not the RichCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 7, 2011
Boeing-Machinists Deal Benefits Company, Workers, and NLRB CredibilityCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 7, 2011
House Republican Attacks on the National Labor Relations Board Hurt All WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 30, 2011
Middle-Class Societies Invest More in Public EducationCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 8, 2011
The Middle Class Is Key to a Better-Educated NationCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 8, 2011
Rep. Payne’s Resolution Recognizes that Unions Build the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 2, 2011
House Majority Appropriations Bill Attacks the Other 99 PercentCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 12, 2011
House Budget Bill Guts Worker ProtectionsCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 12, 2011
Comments on the Proposed Rulemaking to Create a Compensation Data Collection ToolCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 7, 2011
As Unions Weaken So Does the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 23, 2011
Interactive: Unions Build a Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 23, 2011
Republican-led Class WarfareCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 19, 2011
New Census Data Show Middle Class Continues to StruggleCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 13, 2011
Romney Doubles Down on Bush PoliciesCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 7, 2011
House Majority Doesn’t Have a Jobs Plan—Just More Attacks on WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 1, 2011
Workaday Fans Can Learn from the NFL LockoutCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 19, 2011
There’s Hidden Union Busting in Congressman Issa’s Postal Reform BillCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 14, 2011
No More Lucy Pulling the Football AwayCenter for American Progress ActionJune 21, 2011
An Increased Minimum Wage Is Good Policy Even During Hard TimesCenter for American Progress ActionJune 7, 2011
The Conservative War on Workers’ RightsCenter for American Progress ActionMay 17, 2011
National Labor Relations Board Maintains Consistency in PreemptionCenter for American Progress ActionMay 9, 2011
The Not-So-Secret Conservative Plot to Raise Taxes on the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionApril 27, 2011
Prosperity 2050Center for American Progress ActionApril 22, 2011
Here They Go AgainCenter for American Progress ActionApril 5, 2011
Unions Make the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionApril 4, 2011
Interactive Map: Stronger Unions Create A Stronger Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionApril 4, 2011
Growth and the Middle ClassCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 15, 2011
State Budget Deficits Are Not an Employee Compensation ProblemCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 10, 2011
Public Sector Unions Should Have the Right to Collective BargainingCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 25, 2011
Wisconsin Antiunion Bill Is a Shameful Attack on Workers’ Basic RightsCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 18, 2011
What Is High Road Contracting?Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 3, 2011
Scapegoating WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 24, 2011
The NFL’s Win-Win Labor AgreementCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 9, 2010
High-Road GovernmentCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 20, 2010
Jobs Are the Answer to Low Public ApprovalCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 18, 2010
Taking the High RoadCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 11, 2010
Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?Center for American Progress ActionJuly 20, 2010
Rein in Irresponsible Oil DrillersCenter for American Progress ActionJune 3, 2010
The Promise and Peril of a Model 401(k) PlanCenter for American Progress ActionApril 15, 2010
Contracting that WorksCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 31, 2010
NFL Negotiations 101Center for American Progress ActionMarch 4, 2010
Data MattersCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 4, 2010
Getting Out of the Deep Unemployment HoleCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 5, 2010
Ask the Expert: NFL Contracts and American WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 4, 2010
Post-Superbowl StrategiesCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 4, 2010
Getting Workers Back on Union RollsCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 22, 2010
Meeting the Jobs ChallengeCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 2, 2009
Comments on the Proposed Regulations to Establish a Contractor Responsibility DatabaseCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 4, 2009
Ask the Expert: The Hidden Cost of Low-Wage JobsCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 20, 2009
Promoting Higher Labor Standards in Federal ContractingCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 17, 2009
Mixed News for Older WorkersCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 4, 2009
Laboring Toward RecoveryCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 7, 2009
Waiting GameCenter for American Progress ActionJune 18, 2009
Job Outlook Still BleakCenter for American Progress ActionJune 5, 2009
The Bottom Line in Labor Law NegotiationsCenter for American Progress ActionJune 3, 2009
Making Contracting WorkCenter for American Progress ActionJune 2, 2009
New Progressive America: The Millennial GenerationCenter for American Progress ActionMay 13, 2009
Small Step, Big Advance on Labor Law ReformCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 23, 2009
Madland on Making the Economy WorkCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 18, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act 101Center for American Progress ActionMarch 11, 2009
CAP Action Supports Employee Free Choice ActCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 10, 2009
Unions Are Good for the American EconomyCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 18, 2009
Card Check: Unions’ Salvation?Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 6, 2009
After the U.S. Recovers, Will Unions?Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 4, 2009
Autoworker unions: villains or victims?Center for American Progress ActionFebruary 3, 2009
Unionization Climbs for Two Straight Years, but Remains a Fraction of 1980s RatesCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 28, 2009
Harming Workers Until the Very EndCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 23, 2009
Unions Are Good for State EconomiesCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 18, 2008
Issue Brief: Unions Are Good for the Economy and DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 9, 2008
Open Debate About Auto Industry Loans Hijacked by ConservativesCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 9, 2008
Enforcing ChangeCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 8, 2008
Making Contracting Work for the United StatesCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 8, 2008
Bush Economy Continues TankingCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 5, 2008
The Progressive Future Is HereCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 5, 2008
The Benefit of Defined BenefitsCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 22, 2008
Joe the Plumber Done RightCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 22, 2008
Millennial Economics: It Don’t Matter if You’re Black or White (or Hispanic)Center for American Progress ActionOctober 6, 2008
Second Stimulus Needed to Create Jobs and Revive Our EconomyCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 18, 2008
Bush Shirks Role as Top Labor CopCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 9, 2008
Job Losses MountCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 1, 2008
Young People Want Progressive Economic ChangeCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 31, 2008
Let Unions Work for U.S.Center for American Progress ActionJuly 21, 2008
Why Biased Media Coverage MattersCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 10, 2008
Journalists Give Workers the BusinessCenter for American Progress ActionJune 20, 2008
Record Unemployment Should Be a Clarion Call for ActionCenter for American Progress ActionJune 6, 2008
A Tale of Two ConservativesCenter for American Progress ActionJune 5, 2008
The Progressive GenerationCenter for American Progress ActionMay 6, 2008
Strengthening America’s First and Foremost Retirement PlanCenter for American Progress ActionApril 23, 2008
The Write StuffCenter for American Progress ActionApril 10, 2008
Dismal Employment Numbers: 80,000 Jobs LostCenter for American Progress ActionApril 4, 2008
Employment Hits New LowCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 1, 2008
What Would Jesus Tax?Center for American Progress ActionJanuary 19, 2008
Responsible Investment: A Budget and Fiscal Policy Plan for Progressive GrowthCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 9, 2008
American Workers See New Lows at the Year’s EndCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 4, 2008
Progressive GrowthCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 28, 2007
Mixed Signals: Job Growth Up But Concentrated in Only a Few IndustriesCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 2, 2007
What Workers Want, Congress Should ProvideCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 3, 2007