About the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity

The Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP) was created in 2019 as a program of The Ludwig Family Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Gene Ludwig and his wife, Dr. Carol Ludwig.

The mission of LISEP is to improve the economic well-being of middle- and lower-income Americans through research and education. LISEP strives to use economic research to better understand economic growth and prosperity as they are actually experienced by individuals from all walks of life. LISEP also seeks to advance the dialogue around policy solutions that can improve the economic well-being of all Americans. LISEP endeavors to conduct its activities in a nonpartisan fashion.

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True Rate of Unemployment by State

August 2020

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Gene Ludwig is the author of The Vanishing American Dream: A Frank Look at the Economic Realities Facing Middle- and Lower-Income Americans.

In 2019 he gathered a bipartisan group of the nation’s foremost economic thinkers — academics and politicians, CEOs and former presidential advisors — to break with convention and candidly discuss the widening
gap between low- and moderate-income Americans and their wealthier counterparts. The Vanishing American Dream comes from their insights, and invites readers to take a seat at the table for a bracing look at the road back to widespread opportunity, security, and prosperity. Learn more about the book here.

The Vanishing American Dream: A Frank Look at the Economic Realities Facing Middle- and Lower-Income Americans, by Gene Ludwig