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Michael Mandel

Dr. Michael Mandel is chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, where he supervises PPI’s research and policy work across a wide range of topics, including the data-driven economy, the impact of regulation on innovation, and policies to improve production, investment and job growth in the United States and globally. Mandel was co-principal investigator for a Sloan Foundation grant on “Measuring the Impact of Globalization.” Mandel has testified before Congress on impact of regulation on innovation.

Mandel also holds an appointment as senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as president and founder of South Mountain Economics LLC, which provides expertise on emerging occupations and emerging industries.  South Mountain Economics is best known for its research reports on the App Economy, which have been cited in a recent White House report, and publications such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, Boston Globe, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, Time, and Forbes.

Mandel received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and formerly served as chief economist at BusinessWeek, where he directed the magazine’s coverage of the domestic and global economies. While at BusinessWeek, Michael was named one of the top 100 business journalists of the 20th century for his writings on innovation and growth. He received multiple awards for his work, including the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism.  He is the author of four books including Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth and Why the Future Is Better Than You Think. He is currently revising the third edition of his introductory economics textbook, Economics:The Basics.

Writings

Blog

By / 4.7.2017

There is a huge debate about whether automation leads to an aggregate loss of jobs. On the one side are those who believe that robots are about to unleash a massive wave of job destruction, rendering most of us superfluous. On the other side are those who are skeptical about the value of new technologies, and believe […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.4.2017

Think back to the first half of the 20th century, when superstar companies of the likes of Ford, General Motors, General Electric, DuPont and Bethlehem Steel literally grew from nothing to employ hundreds of thousands of workers. These innovative market leaders, notably feted by business historians such as Alfred Chandler, pioneered new products and production […]

Other

By / 3.30.2017

Michael Mandel[i] Progressive Policy Institute Prepared for TechNet March 29, 2017   Executive Summary It is March 2017. Square, the small business payments startup founded in 2009, is hiring for its customer support operation in St. Louis. Fintech startup Greensky, founded in 2006, is expanding in Atlanta. Seattle-based Zulily, the ecommerce startup founded in 2009 […]

PPI In the News

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel was quoted in USA TODAY regarding his recent report, “How the Startup Economy is Spreading Across the Country” on start-ups and entrepreneurial growth across the country: “I was surprised by cities in the Midwest that made the list,” says Michael Mandel of PPI, who conducted the study. E-commerce contributed […]

Blog

By / 3.10.2017

In our new paper, we develop a methodology for tracking ecommerce jobs and pay. Applying that methodology to today’s jobs report, we find that the ecommerce sector has added 97,000 jobs over the past year. This figure includes fulfillment centers. Surprisingly, general retail–which includes the retailers competing most directly with ecommerce–has added 27,000 jobs over […]

Publications

By and / 2.22.2017

Apple’s introduction of the iPhone in 2007 initiated a profound and transformative new economic innovation. While central bankers and national leaders struggled with a deep financial crisis and stagnation, the fervent demand for iPhones, and the wave of smartphones that followed, was a rare force for growth. Today, use of mobile data is rising at […]

Blog

By / 2.7.2017

One of the biggest puzzles in democratic societies across the world these days is what to do about regulation. On the one hand, regulation is important for a well-functioning society. On the other hand, too much regulation can hamper innovation and growth. Moreover, there’s a feeling that democratic governance has broken down. We don’t seem […]

Blog

By / 1.30.2017

Today President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced, “to the extent permitted by law.”  Trump, of course, already has control of new regulations from the executive branch, so the executive order was not needed.  At the same time, his attempt to pare back existing regulations […]

Blog

By / 1.16.2017

Ecommerce jobs  for  production and nonsupervisory workers are paid on average about 25% more than production and nonsupervisory jobs for the private sector as a whole.  That’s according to BLS data. Economic theory suggests that industries with faster productivity growth should have faster real wage growth. That’s exactly what we see in the case of the […]

Blog

By / 1.12.2017

Amazon just announced that it would add more than 100,000 fulltime jobs in the US over the next 18 months.  That’s fantastic. But even before that announcement, it turns out that Amazon was the fastest US company to reach 300,000 jobs. That’s based on a new paper we are releasing today, called “A Historical Perspective […]