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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

Blog

By / 8.13.2018

Summary: Based on new “digital economy” data from a recent BEA working paper, we calculate that the labor share of the digital sector has risen since 2007, while gross margin of the digital sector has fallen over the same period. This result is consistent with strong competition in the digital product and labor markets (see […]

Publications

By / 8.7.2018

It is relatively easy to digitize a song or a bank account. Yet fully digitizing physical industries such as manufacturing and agriculture has proven much more challenging. Manufacturers have taken the first step towards digitization by putting sensors into existing products such as turbines and tractors and using the resulting data to improve performance. The […]

Blog

By / 8.4.2018

What is the future of the Michigan economy? Struggling with a severe hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs since 2000, the state has welcomed Amazon’s investment in ecommerce fulfillment centers. These centers are expected to add around 5000 jobs to the state economy, many going to workers with a high school education. This is the group that […]

Publications

By / 7.24.2018

Since 2016, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) and the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) have tried to promote more competition in the mobile market in order to encourage economic growth and promote fairness. In particular, the government agencies have restricted handset subsidies in an effort to lower rates. The results of these policies have […]

Blog

By / 7.17.2018

Here are a selection of PPI’s recent reports, op-eds and blog posts on global trade 2018  “Confronting China’s Threat to Open Trade,” (Ed Gerwin) (June 2018) Op-Ed in The Hill: “It’s time for Congress to step in and stop Trump’s trade abuses,” (Ed Gerwin) (June 2018) Op-Ed in The Hill: “’Go-it-alone’ trade strategies are neither […]

Blog

By / 7.16.2018

While we wait for the European Commission to announce the outcome of its antitrust case against Google, let us consider what’s at stake. Each year since 2016 we have estimated the number of App Economy jobs in Europe. These are workers who develop, maintain, and support mobile apps. Our latest figures show almost 1.7 million […]

Blog

By / 7.13.2018

Here’s a selection of PPI’s recent work on the Digital Economy.  This list does not include our global App Economy work. “Perceptions versus Reality,” (June 2018) (Michael Mandel and Desirée Van Welsum) “The Internet of Goods and a Revitalized Economy: Upstate New York as a Template,” (January 2018) (Michael Mandel and Elliott Long) “Get Ready […]

Blog

By / 7.11.2018

Several times in the past, I’ve examined the contribution of pharmaceuticals to rising health care costs (here, here, and here). It seems appropriate to do again, given President Trump’s latest tweets on drug prices, and Pfizer’s decision to roll back recent price hikes. I note first that an April 2018 report from the IQVIA Institute entitled Medicine […]

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 […]

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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 […]