Updates / Labor


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 / 4.3.2015

Economists everywhere are scrambling to determine how today’s weak jobs report impacts the strong recovery story of 3.2 million jobs created over the last year. But when it comes to millennials in the labor force, the monthly numbers are only a small part of the story. That’s why I’ve done some number crunching to see […]

By / 12.26.2014

In recent months we’ve seen the attorney general of Mississippi, Jim Hood, issue a subpoena against Google requesting information on a very broad range of search engine activities, based on the theory that Google is legally responsible for questionable content on third-party sites indexed by the search giant.  Google responded last week with a lawsuit against Hood,  […]

By / 12.22.2014

For young Americans, Washington, D.C. may have more to offer than government jobs and free museums.  It may also provide more opportunities to get a raise than any other top 10 U.S. city. According to my analysis of new Census data on young Americans, Washington, D.C. was the only top 10 U.S. city, by population, […]

By / 12.19.2014

Are companies finally realizing that they need to invest in  “guardrails” for the information highway, aka the data-driven economy? And will this labor-intensive effort help create more mid-level jobs? The Sony hack has forced the company to withdraw its newest film from the market, as well as causing the release of countless numbers of damaging and/or embarrassing documents. […]

By / 11.5.2014

Why were Democrats trounced so soundly? Many of the losers—including Mark Udall of Colorado, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Michelle Nunn of Georgia, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina—were done in by state economies that are fundamentally a lot worse than the headline statistics show. Consider Udall’s fate in Colorado, where the unemployment rate was only 4.7% […]

By / 9.29.2014

Despite falling unemployment and a recovering labor market, young college graduates continue to struggle in today’s economy. Analysis of new data reveals the real wages of young college graduates surprisingly fell in 2013, by 1.3 percent. The decline reverses a slight uptick in 2012, and continues along a ten-year trend in which real average earnings […]

By / 9.5.2014

The latest jobs numbers, along with new research from the Federal Reserve and Brookings, reaffirms what I’ve been writing for some time: the Great Squeeze in labor force participation is hitting the young and least educated the hardest. Further, the conclusion that this drop is a structural problem bolsters my argument that both a slow-growth economy […]

This morning the PPI hosted a breakfast and conversation with special guest, Andrew Leigh. Leigh is an economist and Member of the Australian House of Representatives. He is also the Australian Labour Party’s Shadow Assistant Treasurer. In 2011, Leigh received the “Young Economist Award” from the Economics Society of Australia.  Leigh served as a PPI Fellow en route […]

Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, described the Internet of Things as the “extension of the Internet to the physical world. He told the audience at Washington Post Live’s All Things Connected forum, “The Internet has transformed digital industries, while the Internet of Things will transform physical industries.”