The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) is a non-partisan think tank andcivic organization focused on putting the American Dream within the reach of everyone in Massachu-setts. MassINC uses three distinct tools—research, journalism, and civic engagement—to fulll itsmission, each characterized by accurate data, careful analysis, and unbiased conclusions.MassINC sees its role not as an advocacy organization, but as a rigorously non-partisan thinktank, whose outcomes are measured by the inuence of its products in helping to guide advocates andcivic and policy leaders toward decisions consistent with MassINC’s mission, and in helping to engagecitizens in understanding and seeking to inuence policies that affect their lives.MassINC is a 501(c)3, tax exempt, charitable organization supported by contributions from indi-viduals, corporations, and foundations.MassINC’s work is published for educational purposes. Views expressed in the Institute’s reportsare those of the authors and not necessarily those of MassINC’s directors, staff, sponsors, or other advi-sors. This work should not be construed as an attempt to inuence any election or legislative action.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN DREAM PROJECT
The American Dream Project is a multi-dimensional initiative that includes the MassINC MiddleClass Index, long-form journalism in a special fall issue of
magazine, and a majorforthcoming research report prepared jointly with the Center for Labor Market Studies at NortheasternUniversity.
MassINC would like to acknowledge Partners Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusettsfor their generous support of MassINC’s American Dream Project. We also express our gratitude toWGBH, our committed media partner on this important initiative.