Issues

By / 1.20.2017

In his inaugural address today, President Donald Trump said, “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities… We will get our people off of welfare and back to work.” President Trump thus implied that most U.S. poverty is in “inner cities” and […]

By / 1.13.2017

WASHINGTON— The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new study, “A Historical Perspective on Tech Jobs,” authored by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel comparing job creation performance among tech companies in the United States to employment leaders of the past. The study finds that today’s big tech companies are following a similar or better employment trajectory […]

By / 1.12.2017

Springfield, Massachusetts, is where the United States’ one wholly indigenous sport – basketball – was invented. It may soon be known for a completely different innovation. The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) is an attempt to create within the public schools the conditions that make charter schools successful, without the poisonous politics that often accompany […]

By / 1.10.2017

All low-income Americans should be equipped with an Online HOPE (Health, Opportunity, and Personal Empowerment) account. .S. poverty policy is stuck in a rut. In 2015, 43 million people in America were living in poverty – more than the combined populations of Texas, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska and 11 million more than in 2000. Slow growth […]

By Amory Beldock I worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign in what was deemed the most important county in the nation’s biggest battleground: Miami Dade, Florida. I was a cog in the feared Clinton Machine: a vast network of field operations, data gurus, politicos, press pools and finance players spanning all 50 states. It was four […]

By / 12.15.2016

Our urban school systems struggle because so many of their students live in poverty, but they also struggle because they were designed a hundred years ago, for an industrial society. In an increasing number of cities, they are being replaced by 21st century systems, in which the central administration does not operate all schools and […]

By / 12.13.2016

Uber, NYC Human Resources Administration, United Way of NYC, and Hunger Free America Join PPI to Promote New Report NEW YORK CITY—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today was joined by technology, government, and anti-poverty leaders at a public event to release a new report by Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg, Fighting Poverty with HOPE. […]

By / 12.13.2016

Economists often apply the term “opportunity costs” to high and middle-income people, meaning that the time they spend on one task is time not available to perform other, potentially more valuable tasks. But social scientists rarely apply the concept to low-income people, acting as if their time is essentially worthless. Sort of like the spouse […]

By / 12.7.2016

As Democrats debate why they lost the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton must feel like the star-crossed heroine in a Greek tragedy. She beat Donald Trump handily, by a margin of at least 2.6 million votes. Yet even in winning, the fates (and the Electoral College) have cruelly decreed that she lose. Compounding the sense of tragedy is Trump’s all-too-characteristic reaction to […]

By / 12.7.2016

In the United States and other advanced countries, governments and individuals regularly lament the high and ever-rising costs of healthcare; and the ongoing aging of their populations virtually ensures that these costs will continue to increase — perhaps at substantial rates. Many analysts identify the development and broad use of new healthcare technologies as primary […]