EARN is a nationwide network of research, policy, and public engagement organizations fighting, state by state, for an economy that works for everyone.
Our member organizations work in cities and states throughout the country, providing data-based assessments of local conditions for working families and offering policy roadmaps to shared economic opportunity and security.
EARN partners work with advocates, civic leaders, businesses, and policymakers at every level of government to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to build productive and secure lives. They promote high-road economic growth, pursuing economic development strategies that lessen racial and economic inequity and raise living standards for working people, families, and communities across the nation. They advance policies that raise wages, guarantee paid sick days and paid family leave, and establish standards for stable and predictable work schedules. They work to secure access to high-quality childcare, education and job training, and livable retirement benefits.
Founded in 1998, EARN is a network of close to 60 state and local organizations in 43 states and the District of Columbia that share expertise and resources to strengthen each other and pursue their common mission. Together with collaborating scholars and national organizations, along with allied state and local groups representing affected communities, EARN partners constitute the core progressive research and policy infrastructure for shaping and promoting a better economic future in the states.
EARN is coordinated by its member organizations and staff at the Economic Policy Institute.
EARN facilitates collaboration, peer learning, and the dissemination of analyses, research, and advocacy tools.