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Middle Class Winners and Losers

In the last couple of decades, the opening and integration of markets—what we loosely call “globalization”—has helped hundreds of millions of people in developing countries enter the middle class, bringing material security and optimism for their children’s futures. At the same time, middle classes in developed economies feel under threat and pessimistic about their families’ opportunities. CGD aims to understand this divergence in attitudes and suggest solutions.  

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