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By / 9.21.2016

As a Brit interning in Washington this past summer, I was struck by the fierce anti-trade rhetoric that propelled the candidacies of both Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders. In the midst of it all came the Brexit vote, a reminder that Europe also is in the throes of a populist backlash against trade and […]

By / 9.13.2016

Does the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have the authority to rewrite copyright law and license apps? This Thursday the Senate Commerce Committee will hold an oversight hearing for the FCC, giving the committee members the opportunity to ask FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler this very relevant question. Wheeler has proposed a plan by which payTV operators […]

The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 created a profound new economic force. There are now nearly 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, an unprecedented rate of adoption for a new technology. Equally important, Apple’s unveiling of the App Store in July 2008 ignited a global App Economy boom. This revolutionary concept enabled software developers to […]

By / 8.24.2016

Which countries should have the right to tax the profits of US-based multinationals that operate globally? A year ago we pointed out that this seemingly arcane question had the potential to become a major point of conflict between the US and the EU. Back then we warned of the potential for an “enormous job-and-revenue grab […]

By / 8.11.2016

As we’ve repeatedly said, innovation creates jobs, not destroys them. But we’ve also recently pointed out that government has been lagging private sector spending on R&D, and that’s one reason why productivity growth and job creation has been weak. Moreover, PPI’s Will Marshall recently wrote that the Democrats have to resolve their economic identity crisis. So […]

By / 8.9.2016

PPI was among the first organizations to highlight the business investment drought, starting in 2010 and 2011, way before it became commonly accepted  (see here and here). And our “Investment Heroes” annual ranking was started in 2012 precisely to contrast the companies that were investing heavily in the United States with the many others that chose to pare back. […]

By / 8.8.2016

Yes, the productivity slump has hit the iron and steel mill industry as well. Robert Samuelson wrote a long piece in the WaPo about productivity growth in the steel industry, arguing that “…[p]roductivity (a.k.a., efficiency) has increased dramatically.” His main source was a very careful academic study by Allan Collard-Wexler of Duke University and Jan De Loecker of Princeton University. […]

We are delighted to send you this inaugural issue of the School Reform Newsblast, a new information service launched by Reinventing America’s Schools. It aggregates important news about developments in school innovation and reform across the country. The Newsblast is going to a select audience of school reform leaders and activists in government, business, and […]

By / 8.2.2016

The ‘wedge’ between productivity growth and average real compensation growth has shrunk to the lowest level in at least fifteen years.* That’s because productivity growth is slowing, not because real compensation growth is accelerating significantly. The top line is the ten-year growth rate of nonfarm business productivity, based on data reported by the Bureau of […]

By / 7.28.2016

The division between the trade skeptics and the trade supporters in the Democratic Party is on stark display at this week’s convention in Philadelphia. The Progressive Policy Institute favors smart, high-standard  trade agreements, as PPI president Will Marshall  and senior fellow Ed Gerwin recently wrote. Yet both trade skeptics and supporters can agree on one critical point: The government […]