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Michelle Di Ionno

Michelle Di Ionno is an Economist at the Progressive Policy Institute. At PPI, she works on a wide range of economic issues, such as corporate investment within the U.S and app economies in emerging markets.

Prior to joining PPI, Michelle worked as a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow in the economics department of Hunter College in New York City. While there, she worked with faculty to design and launch an early assessment and intervention system to identify and communicate with at-risk students in the undergraduate program. Michelle also spent four years as an adjunct lecturer at City College, also in New York City, teaching undergraduate courses in Microeconomics and a graduate course in Economics of Public Policy.

Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Business Economics, both from the University of South Florida. However, as a native of north New Jersey, Michelle returned to the northeast for to pursue her continued education and career goals. She is currently a doctoral candidate at CUNY’s Graduate Center in New York City and working part-time on her dissertation.

Writings

Publications

By and / 11.16.2016

The introduction of Apple’s iPhone in 2007 initiated a profound and transformative new economic innovation. Today, less than a decade later, there are 4 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, an unprecedented rate of adoption for a new technology. Mobile data usage is rising at 55% per year, a stunning number that shows its revolutionary impact. More […]

Publications

By and / 10.13.2016

All around the world we are seeing the rise of the App Economy— jobs, companies, and economic growth created by the production and distribution of mobile applications (“apps”) that run on smartphones. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, the App Economy has grown from nothing to a powerful economic force that rivals existing industries.1 In this paper we […]

Publications

By and / 10.11.2016

It’s become conventional wisdom that corporate America has fallen victim to myopia and short-termism. Companies are spending billions buying back stock that could have gone to innovation and investment. Corporate executives have compensation packages tied to stock prices, which focuses their attention on quarterly earnings rather than long-term growth. Investors want immediate results, rather than […]

Publications

By and / 8.25.2016

All around the world we are seeing the rise of the App Economy—jobs, companies, and economic growth created by the production and distribution of mobile applications (“apps”) that run on smartphones. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, the App Economy has grown from nothing to a powerful economic force that rivals existing industries. […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.25.2016

In the midst of the chaos of this election cycle, some important themes are emerging. In particular, voters are highly worried about retirement security. Indeed, 91 percent of voters in four swing states agree that most Americans are not prepared for retirement. That’s according to a poll by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), in partnership […]

Other

By and / 5.13.2016

All around the world we are seeing the rise of the App Economy—jobs, companies, and economic growth created by the production and distribution of mobile applications (“apps”) that run on smartphones. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, the App Economy has grown from nothing to a powerful economic force that rivals existing industries. […]

Other

By and / 12.10.2015

This policy brief reports the top 25 tech counties in the country, based on the 2015 PPI Tech/Info Job Index. The top three counties are in the Bay Area—first is San Francisco Country, followed by Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), and San Mateo County. Travis County, home of Austin, Texas, takes fourth place, with Utah […]

Other

By and / 10.9.2015

This policy brief examines the positives and negatives of the patent/IP/ innovation box. This issue is increasingly relevant given the OECD’s recent release of new principles governing the global tax system. On October 5, the OECD released the final reports of their Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) Project. The comprehensive recommendations in the reports […]