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By / 6.30.2017

I’ve been writing a lot about ecommerce lately. I would be remiss if I did not address the Amazon offer to buy Whole Foods. I have two thoughts. First, I’m not an antitrust economist. But it strikes me that under ordinary antitrust logic, Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods would ring no alarm bells. Despite the […]

By / 6.28.2017

PPI believes that the tech/telecom space is intensely competitive, not just in the United States but around the world.  We also believe that companies which are innovative and invest in new technologies and capabilities are providing great benefits to consumers and workers, including a fast-growing number of good jobs. From that perspective, we are strongly […]

By / 6.27.2017

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today is pleased to announce multiple new hires to further develop its policy research firepower and grow its portfolio. Dane Stangler has joined PPI as Director of Policy Innovation, Paul Bledsoe has a new role as Strategic Adviser, and Emily Langhorne will serve as Education Policy Analyst. “PPI is […]

By / 6.23.2017

Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, joined Alphachat to talk about his report, “The Coming Productivity Boom”, co-authored by Bret Swanson of Entropy Economics. Mandel argues that the decades-long productivity stagnation will end once companies in the “physical” industries — transportation, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, wholesale and retail trade — start investing […]

By / 6.18.2017

On June 7,  Axios  journalist Chris Matthews wrote a piece “Big Companies, Fewer Workers”  that said: The five most valuable companies in the U.S. are all technology firms that employ far fewer workers than their industrial predecessors. He echoes a common complaint. But is it really true? I decided to  compare employment at today’s most valuable […]

In a New York Times op-ed, Jonathan Taplin argues that Google, Facebook, and Amazon have become monopolies. With such large market shares in search advertising, social media, and e-commerce respectively, Taplin says it’s time to break up these companies — or regulate them as public utilities. Is this a fair assessment? Is Big Tech really […]

By / 6.5.2017

Americans don’t agree on much these days — but everyone knows our politics isn’t working. Even the simplest of issues are no match for the spinmeisters, and policy argument has been replaced by viral meme. It’s a plague that undermines the very idea of meeting in the middle that has been fundamental to our progress. […]

By / 6.1.2017

Innovation is the foundation of growth. As innovation spreads to the physical industries, the result is higher wages, lower costs, and a more dynamic economy, as we showed in our recent report, The Coming Productivity Boom. But innovation in physical industries  has proceeded slower than we might have wanted, In part, that’s because promising technologies […]