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Simplicity is one of Bernie Sanders’ great strengths: Corporations and the rich have rigged the economy. His solutions sound simple, even when the plans behind them are complicated: college for all, health care for all, tax the rich, break up big banks. He trails Hillary Clinton in presidential delegates to this point, and he remains […]

The Dallas Business Journal cites data collected by PPI’s chief economic strategist Michael Mandel on the growth of App Economy jobs in Dallas, Texas: The Progressive Policy Institute based in Washington, D.C., reported that the DFW region comprised 44 percent of the states workforce within the space in the month of December. The data includes development jobs as […]

PPI Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity Ed Gerwin was quoted by The Hill‘s Vicki Needham commenting on the positive effect Obama’s proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership would have on American small-businesses: “Ed Gerwin, a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), said that the business groups must help to […]

WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute today released the following statement urging Congress to pass the Internet Tax Freedom Act: “The development of the Internet has been the single biggest driver of growth in the United States over the last two decades, disrupting and transforming industries in every corner of our economy. Not only has it been […]

By / 11.27.2015

During the seven years that the Trans-Pacific Partnership was being negotiated, critics repeatedly claimed that the trade agreement wouldn’t be about trade or cutting tariffs but, instead, would primarily advance the special interests of large multinationals. Economist Joseph Stiglitz, for example, warned that the TPP could “benefit the wealthiest sliver of the American and global […]

PPI’s Cheif Economic Strategist Michael Mandel was quoted by Sam Shead of Business Insider regarding the rise and impact of Uber: Uber’s most significant innovation is not its widely-used taxi hailing app, an economist from a US think-tank said on Tuesday. Speaking at the FT Innovate conference in London, Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive […]

By and / 9.29.2015

It’s hard to find common ground between the two parties in Washington these days, but getting America out of this protracted entrepreneurial slump should be an urgent national priority. Here’s one idea that ought to appeal to both sides: Enable the nation’s credit unions to invest more in new and small businesses. One of the […]

By / 9.16.2015

Report estimates 22,000 App jobs in Indonesia JAKARTA—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report at a public forum in Jakarta, which measures the growing contribution of digital innovation to the Indonesian economy, compares the environment for investment in Indonesia to other locations in Southeast Asia, and warns of potential policy pitfalls […]

By / 9.10.2015

PPI Unveils Report Measuring Vietnam’s App Economy at Public Forum in Hanoi Report estimates 29,000 App jobs in Vietnam HANOI—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report at a public forum in Hanoi, which measures the growing contribution of digital innovation to the Vietnamese economy, compares the environment for investment in Vietnam […]

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel’s recent work on measuring innovation was featured in the Wall Street Journal: In a new study, Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute notes that previous innovation waves straddled numerous disciplines: information processing, transportation, medicine, energy and materials. There’s a reason why, in the 1967 film “The Graduate,” Dustin […]