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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

Publications

By and / 6.19.2018

Digital platforms, also known as “online intermediation services,” are increasingly important for European businesses, bringing wide-ranging benefits to both individual consumers and to the participating companies. More and more new platforms are arising – in areas such as manufacturing and healthcare. Not surprisingly, as digital platforms have become more numerous and significant, they have come […]

Blog

By / 6.14.2018

In this post we update our October 2017 report, “The App Economy in Europe: Leading Countries and Cities, 2017.”  That report found 1.89 million App Economy jobs in Europe as of January 2017. Our new results find 2.05 million App Economy jobs in Europe as of April 2018, an increase of 8.3% (or an annual […]

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By / 6.11.2018

New data from the BLS allows us to assess the geographic winners and losers from the ecommerce boom, including jobs lost in brick-and-mortar retail. We calculate net job change by state since 2014 in the three ecommerce industries–electronic shopping, warehousing (fulfillment centers) and  couriers and messengers (local delivery).  We compare that to net job change […]

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By / 5.29.2018

On May 8, PPI participated in a congressional roundtable on the impact of retail automation on workers of color.  The roundtable was led by Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, and moderated by Spencer Overton of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  I presented PPI’s latest research on the impact of the ecommerce boom […]

Publications

In recent years, innovation has become synonymous with digital companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon. The Internet, the smartphone, and the cloud have transformed daily life and the way we do business, and artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue the process. Nevertheless, overall productivity growth remains sluggish. The reason is simple: The digital sector […]

Publications

By / 5.15.2018

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, there are five billion mobile […]

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By / 5.8.2018

In 2017 the tech/telecom sector continued to outperform the rest of the economy, on all relevant measures: Output, productivity, hours, and prices. I analyzed the BEA’s initial release of  industry GDP data for 2017, and combined it with BLS hours data.  For the tech/telecom sector, I used computer and electronic products manufacturing; warehousing and storage (ecommerce fulfillment […]

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By and / 4.26.2018

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, there are five billion mobile […]

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By and / 4.24.2018

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, there are five billion mobile […]

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By / 4.23.2018

Summary: The new “median employee pay” statistics tell us very little about pay. However, they do illuminate the future of economic statistics. The median center of the United States population, as calculated by the Census Bureau, is Pike County, Indiana, in the rural southwest corner of the state. A visit with a resident of Pike […]