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.
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…
The Need to Support Business Investment
Here’s the situation: Fundamentally, investment is what drives productivity and growth. Unfortunately, more than six years after the Great Recession started, business investment is still…
Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth: Surveying New Post-Crisis Evidence
Does an increase in government spending create or destroy private sector jobs? Or more particularly, does additional spending on infrastructure—fixing existing roads and bridges, or…
Tech Hubs Have Better Inequality Performance since 2007 Than Other Large Cities
The title of the NYT article seems to say it all: “Study Finds Greater Income Inequality in Nation’s Thriving Cities.” The implication is that the…
Private Sector Investment and Innovation Must Be Encouraged
PPI has consistently argued that in most cases, pro-investment and pro-innovation policies will give the best long-term results for raising the living standard of ordinary…
Can Tech Help Inner City Poverty?
Tech/information companies these days flock to high-density urban areas such as New York and San Francisco. Fewer and fewer entrepreneurs want to put their startup…
NY Times: New York, the Silicon City
For all the talk of New York’s “tale of two cities” economic divide, last week Mayor Bill de Blasio took charge of a local economy…