Updates / The Knowledge Economy


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

By / 6.11.2018

I write this article as a freelancer. I take Lyft to get around. I’ve booked an apartment this summer through Airbnb. I’ve been an adjunct professor. I’ve just gotten estimates for roof and other home repairs from men who work for themselves. All of these activities are part of a large universe of what’s come […]

By / 5.29.2018

On May 8, PPI participated in a congressional roundtable on the impact of retail automation on workers of color.  The roundtable was led by Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, and moderated by Spencer Overton of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  I presented PPI’s latest research on the impact of the ecommerce boom […]

By / 5.21.2018

Students, policymakers, and members of the American public have increasingly acknowledged the crippling impact of student loans for many college graduates. In response, a growing number of schools are offering an alternative financing option to students: so-called “income share agreements.” Instead of taking out a loan and paying it back over time with interest, students […]

By / 5.8.2018

In 2017 the tech/telecom sector continued to outperform the rest of the economy, on all relevant measures: Output, productivity, hours, and prices. I analyzed the BEA’s initial release of  industry GDP data for 2017, and combined it with BLS hours data.  For the tech/telecom sector, I used computer and electronic products manufacturing; warehousing and storage (ecommerce fulfillment […]

By / 4.23.2018

Summary: The new “median employee pay” statistics tell us very little about pay. However, they do illuminate the future of economic statistics. The median center of the United States population, as calculated by the Census Bureau, is Pike County, Indiana, in the rural southwest corner of the state. A visit with a resident of Pike […]

By / 4.3.2018

Ecommerce has been a major job creator for less-educated workers, at a time when many of their traditional positions have been disappearing. Between 2007 and 2017, overall US employment of workers with at least a high school diploma and less than a bachelor’s degree dropped by almost 1 million jobs. That’s according to our tabulation […]

By / 3.12.2018

I’ve been arguing that the shift to ecommerce has improved the position of workers, by increasing the number of jobs and boosting wage payments. In a nice twitter discussion last week, Jose Azar pointed out that I had not specified a counterfactual, and he was right. So here I will make up for that omission, […]