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Michael Mandel

Michael Mandel is the chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute; senior fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton (University of Pennsylvania; and president of South Mountain Economics LLC, an economic consulting firm.

The Hill: Shooting yourself in the foot

What’s gotten into our European friends? Beset by slow growth, tensions over immigration and a rising fever of anti-Euro populism, some leaders are trying to…

Why Obamacare is the heart of the new pro-growth, pro-middle class, pro-entrepreneur Democratic Party (sorry, Senator Schumer)

Senator Schumer has made a plausible argument for why Obamacare was a political mistake.  I disagree. Democratic politicians have mainly defended Obamacare on the grounds…

Hacking the Regulatory State: The FDA

I am speaking Thursday at a Cato conference on The Future of U.S. Economic Growth, with a politically diverse group of speakers including Martin Baily, Robert Gordon, Brad…

Europe should focus on spurring European tech growth

The European Parliament is expected to vote on Thursday on whether Google should be required to spin off its search engine. But that vote —…

The Washington Post: Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet would do more harm than good

President Obama’s call this week to regulate the Internet as a public utility is like pushing to replace the engine of a car that runs…

Most of Europe is behind in the data race

This table updates Tables 1 and 2 in “Bridging the Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Create Jobs,” April 2014. The updated…

Anti-inversion legislation: A “boomerang bill”

There must be a good word for legislation that produces exactly the opposite result that its supporters intend. I know, let’s call it a “boomerang…