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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 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…

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…

Why Tech Growth Enables Progressive Goals

In my New York Times op-ed, “New York, the Silicon City,” published today, I show how the growth of the tech/information sector has been a…

NYTimes – Room for Debate: The Threat Is Small, the Opportunies Are Great

Investors shouldn’t be overly concerned about the high level of stock prices, for two reasons. First, the market boom has not yet translated into excess…