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Political Memo

In this era of political polarization, it is tempting to assume the political center no longer exists. If this were true, it would certainly simplify things for political candidates and their strategists. They could stop worrying about how to persuade unaligned voters and concentrate exclusively on mobilizing their core partisans. However, this is not the […]

Political Memo

By / 3.15.2016

As Americans choose a new president in 2016, populist anger dominates the campaign. To hear Donald Trump or Senator Bernie Sanders tell it, America is either a global doormat or a sham democracy controlled by the “one percent.” These dark narratives are caricatures, but they do stem from a real dilemma: America is stuck in […]

Policy Memo

By / 3.10.2016

The next generation of wireless is on the horizon.1 While the standards for 5G are not yet finalized, it’s clear that when 5G does arrive, it will mean faster streaming video, lower latency, and higher capacity. Companies such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Ericsson and Nokia are in test mode, with widespread consumer rollout of 5G […]

Policy Brief

By and / 12.10.2015

This policy brief reports the top 25 tech counties in the country, based on the 2015 PPI Tech/Info Job Index. The top three counties are in the Bay Area—first is San Francisco Country, followed by Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), and San Mateo County. Travis County, home of Austin, Texas, takes fourth place, with Utah […]

Policy Brief

By and / 12.10.2015

Economists and policymakers are always lauding innovation. In its purest form, innovation is like a free lunch: it boosts growth and incomes, creates good jobs, and opens up new possibilities for social reform and social mobility. Today, innovation is needed more than ever. Productivity growth has been slowing in recent years. The 10-year growth rate […]

Policy Brief

By and / 10.9.2015

This policy brief examines the positives and negatives of the patent/IP/ innovation box. This issue is increasingly relevant given the OECD’s recent release of new principles governing the global tax system. On October 5, the OECD released the final reports of their Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) Project. The comprehensive recommendations in the reports […]

Policy Memo

By / 9.28.2015

Back in 2012, the Progressive Policy Institute identified the shortfall in business capital spending— or the “investment drought”, we termed it—as one of the major economic problems facing the U.S. economy. As we wrote then, “su1stainable economic growth, job creation, and rising real wages require domestic business investment.” Unfortunately, three years later, the United States […]

Policy Brief

By / 9.24.2015

Every once in a while, personal injury lawyers come up with new ways to sue that can be real head scratchers. Courts usually weed out these theories, but they get through on occasion. This happened last year in Alabama, where the Alabama Supreme Court held that a company can be subject to liability, not for […]

Policy Brief

By / 9.15.2015

Indonesia’s growth rate has been slowing in recent years. In the second quarter, GDP grew 4.7% over the same quarter of the previous year, the smallest gain since 2009. Part of that slowdown is due to global economic weakness that has hurt commodity exports. However, that only points out the need to find another, more […]

Policy Brief

By / 9.10.2015

All around the world we are seeing the rise of the App Economy—jobs, companies, and economic growth created by the production and distribution of mobile applications (“apps”) that run on smartphones. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, the App Economy has grown from nothing to a powerful economic force that rivals existing industries. […]