Two-faced economic news, plus: Free-marketeers on pre-kindergarten, and American workers see less family time, reduced retirement security ahead

September 2, 2008 | Economic Opportunity Institute

Two-Faced Economic News: How can “the economy” (as measured by GDP) improve while personal income drops by the the largest amount in three years? The hype over growth is misplaced if people are actually poorer at the end of the day.

Early Learning: A “free-market” think-tank cherry-picks the evidence to make a dubious case against the benefits of early learning, but early learning experts push back – hard.

Family Leave: As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day by spending the day off with family and friends, a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) examines the parental leave policies of 21 high-income countries and finds the United States to be the least generous.

Retirement: Millions of American seniors are feeling the economic squeeze, and choosing to work well beyond the typical retirement age to ensure they remain financially stable for the coming years.

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