Mission and Values

EPI believes every working family deserves a better future, a good job, affordable health care, and fair pay.

Our mission is to achieve shared prosperity by raising the economic status of low- and middle-income Americans. To this end, we work to reshape the way policy makers think about the economy to persuade them to adopt policies that are good for working Americans.

WE BELIEVE IN:

FIGHTING FOR WORKING FAMILIES
We expose inequalities, champion bold solutions, and push progressive economic issues to the forefront of the national agenda.

BROADLY SHARED PROSPERITY
EPI’s efforts focus on growing the economy for the benefit of all Americans, not just the already wealthy.

ACCURACY.
Our research is reliable and rigorous, so that we can tell the story of working Americans and counter much of the misinformation in the discourse on the economy.

PROGRESSIVISM.
Government must play an active role in protecting the economically vulnerable, ensuring equal opportunity, and improving the well-being of all Americans.

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR AMERICA

No working family should have to choose between medicine and a meal. That’s why EPI leverages its expertise — and credibility — to deliver real change for all Americans. We provide:

GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
Our cutting-edge, original research spans a broad range of economic issues. EPI analyses are the gold standard in the field — a trusted resource for policy makers and a network of progressive interests and advocacy groups to help further their important agendas.

WORLD-CLASS EXPERTISE
Our team includes the best minds in economics and other disciplines. Our broad network of researchers and scholars has made EPI the authoritative source on the welfare of working Americans.

VISIONARY SOLUTIONS
We are recognized as national leaders on breakthrough liberal economic policies. Our research-based, innovative economic agenda aims to advance the interests of low- and middle-income workers while strengthening the overall economy.

PUBLIC POLICY LEADERSHIP
EPI shapes public policy on the federal and state level through compelling research and education initiatives targeting policy makers, the media, and other opinion-leaders. We influence the public debate to ensure it includes the perspective of working families.