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Policy Memo

By and / 9.19.2013

For too long, U.S. policymakers have focused narrowly on boosting consumers’ buying power, assuming that the productive end of the economy will take care of itself. Yet the last decade of slow growth shows that debt-driven consumption is not a sustainable strategy for expanding economic opportunity or lifting U.S. living standards. In contrast, a high-growth strategy requires strong investment—private and public—in […]

Policy Memo

By / 9.12.2013

The United States and the other major advanced economies are currently stuck in a seemingly endless twilight of slow growth. The numbers are ugly: The April 2013 forecast from the International Monetary Fund predicts that economic growth in Europe will average only 1.7% over the next five years. Japan is projected to average only 1.2% […]

Policy Brief

By and / 9.5.2013

As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers how to allocate the broadcasters’ spectrum in the upcoming “incentive auction,” it should be guided by economic principles designed to maximize social benefits. To date, the spectrum policy debate largely has been driven by considerations of the private benefits of carriers such as Sprint, T-Mobile/MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, and […]

Policy Memo

By / 3.21.2012

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 confusion arises partly because the administration did not follow up the president’s remarks with a specific proposal, but also because the operations of such a bank have never been fully […]

Policy Memo

By and / 2.23.2011

The failure by Congress to pass energy and climate legislation has left U.S. energy policy adrift, with no clear direction or guiding concept of how we are going to address the long-term questions about the energy resources we elect to use and their impact on the environment. Rather than pursuing new approaches and policy proposals […]

Policy Memo

By / 9.28.2010

President Obama has been quite supportive of building high-speed rail. In January he announced an $8 billion down payment. But that was just a start. Building high-speed rail is a major investment, and the big question is: how will we pay for it, especially in a time of increasing federal deficits? PPI Fellow Mark Reutter […]

Policy Memo

By / 9.28.2010

Download the entire memo. Since announcing an $8 billion “down payment” for high-speed rail development, the Obama administration has been silent about how to pay for a program as ambitious as the Interstate Highway System. The interstates cost more than $250 billion in current dollars to build. A fast train network, based on systems being […]