Publications

Policy Memo

By / 4.12.2017

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016 has made policymakers and politicians in the U.S. much more aware of an important demographic group – the white working class – than before. We have ignored their plight and their concerns for far too long, and have grown much too complacent about the extent […]

Policy Memo

By / 3.28.2017

WASHINGTON—The Technology CEO Council (TCC) today released a new economic analysis, co-researched and written by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel that shows a coming U.S. productivity boom enabled by the diffusion of information technology (IT) into the physical industries, including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, transportation, and energy. Far from a jobless future, Mandel’s co-analysis predicts […]

Political Memo

By / 3.21.2017

While much of the debate over the first few months of the Trump Presidency has focused on immigration, cabinet nominations, and Russian interference in the U.S. election, the push toward corporate tax reform may be building momentum. With a growing number of President Trump’s inner circle embracing Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposed Border Adjusted Destination-Based Cash […]

Policy Memo

By / 3.20.2017

The bullseye of President Trump’s budget cuts is now clear. Unless Congress asserts itself, the budget of the EPA will be slashed thirty-one percent, more than any other agency. The budgets of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate change programs within NASA will be similarly decimated. These cuts should not come as a […]

Policy Memo

By and / 2.22.2017

Apple’s introduction of the iPhone in 2007 initiated a profound and transformative new economic innovation. While central bankers and national leaders struggled with a deep financial crisis and stagnation, the fervent demand for iPhones, and the wave of smartphones that followed, was a rare force for growth. Today, use of mobile data is rising at […]

Policy Brief

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 […]

Political Memo

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 […]

Policy Brief

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 […]

Policy Report

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 […]

Policy Memo

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 […]