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By / 8.2.2016

The ‘wedge’ between productivity growth and average real compensation growth has shrunk to the lowest level in at least fifteen years.* That’s because productivity growth is slowing, not because real compensation growth is accelerating significantly. The top line is the ten-year growth rate of nonfarm business productivity, based on data reported by the Bureau of […]

By / 7.28.2016

The division between the trade skeptics and the trade supporters in the Democratic Party is on stark display at this week’s convention in Philadelphia. The Progressive Policy Institute favors smart, high-standard  trade agreements, as PPI president Will Marshall  and senior fellow Ed Gerwin recently wrote. Yet both trade skeptics and supporters can agree on one critical point: The government […]

By / 7.6.2016

One of the important themes of this year’s presidential campaign is the need for economic growth to move beyond the tech hubs and coastal urban areas that have prospered in recent years.  To some degree, this is already happening. Our latest analysis shows that the top 10 App Economy states include Illinois (4) and Michigan […]

By / 7.5.2016

Donald Trump’s attack on trade, if carried out as President, would be an economic disaster. Connections with the global economy enable the free flow of goods, services, ideas, data and people across national borders.. Countries that make use of those connections have prospered, while countries that have engaged in protectionism have stagnated. We believe that […]

By / 6.24.2016

The exit of the UK from the EU is and will be a tremendous shock to the global economic and business community. Certainly no one knows what is going to happen in areas such as finance, immigration, and even trade. Nevertheless,  Brexit does nothing to change the fundamental economic problems facing the developed world: Slow […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 CONSUMERS WANT ONE SET OF RULES PROTECTING THEIR ONLINE INFORMATION, PUBLIC OPINION STRATEGIES AND HART SURVEY FINDS National Poll Finds 94 Percent of Internet Users Agree All Companies Collecting Data Online Should Follow Same Rules WASHINGTON—When consumers go online, they want their privacy protected, and they feel that no […]

By / 5.19.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org, 202-775-0106; Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202-525-3931 WASHINGTON—Ed Gerwin, senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement after the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) released a new report concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership […]

By / 5.12.2016

Since entering the presidential race, Donald Trump has been all over the economic map, with fantasy plans like getting Mexico to pay for a wall between the two countries. But when Trump starts talking about how the U.S. never has to default because we “print the money,” he’s finally pointing to an economic strategy he […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org, 202-775-0106, or Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202-525-3926 PPI Report: Tax Prep Chains Target Low-Income Workers Taxpayers eligible for the EITC spend as much as 22 percent of their refund to file WASHINGTON—National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a […]

Last week, PPI led a bipartisan delegation of 10 high-ranking Congressional staffers to London and Brussels, which is still grieving in the aftermath of the March 22 terrorist attacks. Our visit there so soon after the atrocity was greeted warmly as an act of transatlantic solidarity. The Digital Economy Study Group was the third such […]