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David Madland

Managing Director, Economic Policy; Director, American Worker Project

Expertise: Economic policy, retirement, labor unions, employment, public opinion

David Madland is the Managing Director of the Economic Policy team and the Director of 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. His forthcoming book, Hollowed Out: Why the Economy Doesn’t Work without a Strong Middle Class, will be published by the University of California Press in July.

Madland 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 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. Madland 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.

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