Updates / Small Business & Entrepreneurship


The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) teamed up with Columbia University’s Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy to co-host a compelling symposium Nov. 6-7 in New York on revitalizing the U.S. economy. The event featured a distinguished roster of Richman Center economists and scholars, as well as PPI analysts and special guests, […]

By / 10.26.2015

On real Main Streets across America, from Idaho to California to Maine, the Ex-Im Bank supports U.S. jobs. On Main Streets across America, small businesses are a critical source of economic growth and good jobs. Over the past two decades, entrepreneurs and small firms have generated an astounding 65 percent of America’s net new jobs. […]

Business Investment in the United States: Facts, Explanations, Puzzles, and Policies Remarks by Jason Furman Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers September 30, 2015 Progressive Policy Institute Washington, D.C. Download remarks It is wonderful to join you at the Progressive Policy Institute’s (PPI) Reviving Private Investment forum. PPI has been an important voice in the economic […]

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, Governor Jack Markell (D-Del.) argues that instead of raging against a “rigged” system, Democrats should work together with business to build an economy that distributes its benefits more broadly. The bottom line is that private enterprise creates the primary condition for reducing poverty and want: economic growth. Governments don’t create […]

By / 4.23.2015

Zero-rating – a practice where mobile operators provide select Internet content for free – is coming under heavy fire in India. Indeed the Indian government is likely to ban the practice as early as next month. But given that zero-rating could enable tremendous social and economic opportunity to developing countries like India, banning it now […]

The Senate voted 93-4 Thursday to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years. The legislation, which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama, includes a provision exempting “end-users”– non-financial institutions, such as farms, ranches, manufacturers, small businesses, etc.– from certain inadvertent regulations imposed by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street […]

By and / 5.21.2014

Regulatory accumulation threatens the pace of innovation and growth in America, yet previous attempts to address it have proven unsuccessful. That is why we propose a new approach through the creation of a Regulatory Improvement Commission, which we argue is both politically and technically feasible. This institutional innovation for paring down redundant and outdated rules […]

By / 3.26.2014

With the federal government in gridlock, cities step into the breach. Welcome to New Orleans, city of the future. Wait, New Orleans? The decadent old tourist trap that’s been trading on its fading cultural glories for decades? That’s right – the Crescent City has its mojo working again. Since the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, the […]

By / 1.26.2014

Tech/information companies these days flock to high-density urban areas such as New York and San Francisco. Fewer and fewer entrepreneurs want to put their startup out somewhere in a suburban office park.  Instead, they place their new firm in places which are attractive to young tech workers. As a result, the tech/information boom is generating […]

On Wednesday, we honored Larry Irving, Ambassador Bill Kennard, Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Ira Magaziner, and Michael Powell as digital policy pioneers at our event “Enabling the Internet: A Conversation with America’s Digital Policy Pioneers.” Each of these individuals made important contributions to that led to the exponential growth and the Internet’s rapid emergence as a […]