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By / 3.10.2017

In our new paper, we develop a methodology for tracking ecommerce jobs and pay. Applying that methodology to today’s jobs report, we find that the ecommerce sector has added 97,000 jobs over the past year. This figure includes fulfillment centers. Surprisingly, general retail–which includes the retailers competing most directly with ecommerce–has added 27,000 jobs over […]

By / 2.7.2017

One of the biggest puzzles in democratic societies across the world these days is what to do about regulation. On the one hand, regulation is important for a well-functioning society. On the other hand, too much regulation can hamper innovation and growth. Moreover, there’s a feeling that democratic governance has broken down. We don’t seem […]

By / 1.16.2017

Ecommerce jobs  for  production and nonsupervisory workers are paid on average about 25% more than production and nonsupervisory jobs for the private sector as a whole.  That’s according to BLS data. Economic theory suggests that industries with faster productivity growth should have faster real wage growth. That’s exactly what we see in the case of the […]

By / 1.13.2017

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new study, “A Historical Perspective on Tech Jobs,” authored by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel comparing job creation performance among tech companies in the United States to employment leaders of the past. The study finds that today’s big tech companies are following a similar or better employment trajectory […]

By / 1.12.2017

Amazon just announced that it would add more than 100,000 fulltime jobs in the US over the next 18 months.  That’s fantastic. But even before that announcement, it turns out that Amazon was the fastest US company to reach 300,000 jobs. That’s based on a new paper we are releasing today, called “A Historical Perspective […]

By / 12.6.2016

En los Estados Unidos hemos estado, con mucha razón, obsesionados con el resultado de las elecciones presidenciales. Pero el mundo sigue girando. Por ejemplo, la semana pasada Colombia ratificó un tratado de paz histórico entre el gobierno y el movimiento rebelde. PPI tuvo el privilegio de estar en Bogotá este octubre, donde realizamos un evento sobre la Economía […]

By / 12.6.2016

We in the US have been understandably obsessed with the outcome of the presidential election. But the rest of the world keeps moving forward. For example, last week Colombia ratified a historic peace treaty between the government and the rebel movement. PPI was privileged to be in Bogota just this October, where we held a […]

By / 11.30.2016

Everyone has seen this chart, or something similar, recently. It tracks the production of the manufacturing sector over the past twenty years. Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Since 1996 manufacturing industrial production has risen almost 40%, despite intense global competition.   But now let’s add another line to the chart–this time, manufacturing industrial production after we […]

By / 11.28.2016

In a post-election  post we showed how American workers are being failed by the physical industries, which had dramatically underperformed the digital industries across a wide range of metrics, including productivity, compensation, and job growth.  This sharp and growing economic gap between the Digital Nation and the Physical Nation had profound political consequences, since the Physical Nation […]

BRUSSELS—According to research by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), the Android mobile operating system has helped create 1.2 million App Economy jobs in Europe. The figure comes from a PPI policy memo, “The App Economy in Europe: Leading Countries and Cities,” which covers the 28 EU countries plus Norway and Switzerland. Android-related App Economy jobs are found […]