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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.

Why GDP and productivity growth may be underestimated

On Friday, the very fine economists at the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release their estimate of fourth quarter GDP growth.  Current estimates peg the…

Obama’s Muni Broadband Initiative: Bad Economics, Bad Politics

Here are some staggering statistics: Since 2006, state and local real investment in highways and streets has fallen by 22%.  Their spending on sewer systems,…

Fixing Shabby America

America’s infrastructure is like a house where the carpets are worn, the shower is leaking, and cracks in the wall let through the winter winds. The…

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 —…