A New Bargain for Upward Mobility

PPI’s Domestic and Social Policy Project seeks to develop a new framework aimed at helping ordinary Americans get ahead in a rapidly changing digital economy.

Our goal is to promote policies that:

  • Connect workers with real jobs at good wages and opportunities for advancement;
  • Equip workers throughout their careers with the skills they need and that businesses want;
  • Unleash Americans’ entrepreneurial potential and help rebuild the economy’s dynamism;
  • Foster a new social bargain that provides workers robust tools for financial security and employers with the flexibility to stay competitive; and
  • Demand stronger corporate stewardship of workers’ welfare, including greater responsibility for improving wages and benefits, helping workers upskill, providing flexible work arrangements and protecting worker voice.

American households rightly worry about the precarious state of their finances and their place in an economy beset by automation and other disruptive forces. By advancing a new vision for government that’s nimble, modernized and tech-savvy, and that that helps Americans achieve their aspirations rather than stand in their way, we can ensure that more workers share in the nation’s current and future prosperity.

Publications

By / 6.27.2018

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s election and inauguration, former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Democrats to remake themselves as warriors in opposition to big business as the strategy for winning back voters. “We need to … make it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is going to take on Wall Street, […]

By / 5.4.2018

A federal jobs guarantee is too expensive and too impractical to pass muster with the public.

By / 1.23.2018

Corporate tax cuts have long been on the wish list of American businesses, which have rightly argued that both the rates and structure of the U.S. corporate tax code hurt America’s ability to compete globally. U.S. companies are now on track to see dramatic reductions in their tax rates, thanks to the $1.5 trillion tax […]

Press

By / 6.11.2018

I write this article as a freelancer. I take Lyft to get around. I’ve booked an apartment this summer through Airbnb. I’ve been an adjunct professor. I’ve just gotten estimates for roof and other home repairs from men who work for themselves. All of these activities are part of a large universe of what’s come […]

By / 6.7.2018

Lynnel Beauchesne’s dental office hugs a rural crossroads near Tunnelton, W.Va., population 336. Acres of empty farmland surround the weathered one-story white building; a couple of houses and a few barns are the only neighbors. But the parking lot is full. Some people have driven hours to see Beauchesne, the sole dentist within 30 miles. […]

By / 4.10.2018

It’s not surprising that at a time when it’s hard to trust Facebook, the president and Congress that truths we once found self-evident have given way to disbelief. Many Americans have discarded once taken-for-granted beliefs in democracy, science, God, hard work, reputable information, patriotism, marriage and good manners. Some of these currents cross class, age […]

Blog

By / 8.15.2018

This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled new legislation aimed at turning American’s largest companies into better corporate citizens. Under Warren’s “Accountable Capitalism Act,” companies earning more than $1 billion a year in revenues would be required to obtain a new federal corporate charter her legislation would create. Among other things, this charter would mandate […]

By / 12.26.2017

We often hear how “precious” a child is, what a “treasure” she is, and how our kids are “our greatest resource.” Neuroscientists tell us that ages 0-3 are the most critical years for cognitive, social and moral development. Economists and business leaders tell us that early childhood education offers one of the best lifetime returns […]

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 […]