Policy Memo

Democratic Devolution: How America’s Colleges and Universities Can Strengthen Their Communities

In the face of a deepening economic and political crisis, the U.S. political and governing system is deadlocked. We need a new way forward. The…

Policy Brief: How to Boost the Economy by Helping Homeowners

The disappointing May jobs report raises the question: what’s slamming the brakes on economic recovery? For one answer, look to the sector where the economic…

The Fine Art of Cabinet-Making: Five Ways to Build a Stronger Executive Team

The job of the presidency has grown so large, so overwhelming in its power and responsibility, that no one human being can excel in all…

Manufacturing in the App Economy

We live in a world where the communications sector is driving the recovery and receiving much attention. We believe that this is the most important…

How E-planning for Retirement Can Help Lower-Income Savers

The 2012 Retirement Confidence Survey recently released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) confirms that many U.S. workers know that they are not saving…

Occupational Licensing: How A New Guild Mentality Thwarts Innovation

The late economist Mancur Olson would have been a fan of Jonathan Ames. Ames is the creator of the HBO series Bored to Death as…

Measuring the Real Impact of Imports on Jobs

When it comes to manufacturing, most politicians, economists, and journalists agree: the millions of manufacturing jobs lost in recent years are mostly not coming back….

Hidden Toll: Imports and Job Loss Since 2007

“We have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back…but we have to seize it.” With these words in his State of the…

A National Infrastructure Bank: A Road Guide to the Destination

Download the entire memo. President Obama has proposed a National Infrastructure Bank, a simple declarative sentence that left most listeners wondering what he meant. The…

How Rising Health Costs Slow Wage Growth

Most Americans are painfully aware that their health care premiums are rising faster than other necessities of life. Many also know that their earnings are…