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 FSOC Experiment
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is testifying before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). The FSOC is charged with identifying…
Where are the Big Data Jobs?
The recent White House report on big data has garnered a great deal of public attention, both for its strong support for big data as…
A Politically and Technically Feasible Approach for Handling Regulatory Accumulation
Regulatory accumulation threatens the pace of innovation and growth in America, yet previous attempts to address it have proven unsuccessful. That is why we propose…
How to Lobotomize the Internet
At first glance, the recent decision by Europe’s top court to enforce the “right to forget” for personal information seems unconnected to economic growth. After…
Why Curing Cancer Will Boost Productivity
An article in Forbes trumpets a new approach to actually curing cancer using the immune system. The article itself, entitled “Is This How We’ll Cure Cancer?” is…
The Case for Pro-growth Progressivism
The many unanticipated events seen over the past 20 years should leave us with some humility about our ability to identify coming political and economic…
Bridging The Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Jobs
Seldom has the world stood poised before economic changes destined to bring as much palpable improvement to people’s lives and desirable social transformation as “big…
Data, Trade and Growth
We show in this paper that the architecture of the Internet dictates that current trade statistics significantly underestimate the magnitude and growth of cross-border data flows….
Why Solvadi Boosts Medical Productivity
Insurers and politicians have been complaining that Solvadi—Gilead’s new cure for hepatitis C—costs too much at $84,000 per treatment. But that complaint, while accurately reflecting…