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Anne Kim

Anne Kim is Director of Domestic and Social Policy at The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), where she has also served as Senior Fellow. She has written extensively on a wide range of issues in economic and social policy, with a particular emphasis on economic mobility, poverty, middle class opportunity and the intersection of policy and politics. Prior to her current role at PPI, Anne was Senior Writer at the nonprofit public policy magazine Washington Monthly, where she remains a contributing editor. She was also Director of the Economic Program at the think tank Third Way and founded and directed the organization’s Social Policy and Politics Program. Anne has also worked as legislative director and deputy chief of staff to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and as Senior Policy Strategist at Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development). She also spent six years in private practice as a corporate transactions lawyer before turning to public policy. Anne’s writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Monthly,, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The American Interest, Democracy, and The Hill. She has also appeared on C-SPAN, CNBC, CNN and Fox and is currently working on a book on youth policy to be published by the New Press. In addition to her work at PPI, Anne is also a Senior Fellow for the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security and Editorial Advisor to TradeVistas, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Anne has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from Duke University.



By / 4.13.2012

In just the latest sign of how gridlocked Washington has become, Congress is currently failing to pass even the most reliable of legislative standbys: naming post offices and federal buildings. For each of the last several Congresses, naming post-offices has been a staple of Congress’s work. In the 109th Congress, for example, 98 of the […]


By / 3.21.2012

Top Democratic and union leaders play host this week to prospective 2012 Congressional candidates, highlighting labor’s status as a critical cog in progressive campaigns. Some observers believe that, in the aftermath of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to strip the state’s public unions of collective-bargaining rights, labor has found both renewed public sympathy and political […]


By / 3.16.2012

In the minds of many Americans, “government” is synonymous with “red tape,” “bureaucracy” and “paperwork.” And no wonder. According to the government’s own estimates, American people and businesses collectively spent 8.8 billion hours dealing with federal paperwork requirements in 2010. That’s equal to nearly 367 million days and more than one million years.And while this […]


By and / 2.24.2012

In these 16 states, home prices are down an average of 16 percent since October 2008—from a median of $160,596 to a median of $131,191 in December 2011. The states included in the PPI analysis are among those hardest-hit by the housing crisis: Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, New Hampshire, Indiana, […]


By / 2.9.2012

In 2010, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission forever changed the landscape of political spending. The Court’s ruling to allow virtually unlimited contributions to outside political groups1 unleashed a record $290 million in outside spending in 2010 (not counting spending by party committees).2 According to the Center for Responsive […]


By and / 1.19.2012

As the 2012 election approaches, the nation’s unemployment rate will continue to drive the political debate and, in turn, the fortunes of President Obama and his GOP rivals. Despite the central focus on unemployment, however, another number deserves equal attention as a barometer of the nation’s overall economic health: housing values. As catastrophic as it […]


By / 12.19.2011

Whether it’s 4G cell phones, light-as-a-feather laptops or the latest tablet, Americans are enjoying a wireless revolution. In 2010, Americans typed, tapped, texted, and called on an estimated 300 million mobile devices. But all this increased connectivity is taking a toll on the nation’s increasingly crowded airwaves. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warns of a […]


By / 12.13.2011

In 2004, Google made headlines by “going public,” raising $1.7 billion in what was then the biggest initial stock offering since the heady days of the tech boom.


By and / 10.21.2011

In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008, housing was at the top of policymakers’ priorities. Congress saw a flurry of proposals to deal with the mounting wave of defaults and foreclosures, and the collapse of Fannie and Freddie led first to intensive federal intervention and then to one round of full-fledged debate […]


By and / 10.19.2011

Two years after the meltdown in the nation’s housing market, housing re- mains weak. Home prices fell to a new low in the first quarter of this year— confirming a feared “double-dip” in the market. Prices are now down nearly 33 percent from their high five years ago. With housing and its related industries—construction, home […]