Policy Brief

Mandatory Interconnection: Should the FCC Serve as Internet Traffic Cop?

Since the agreement between Comcast and Netflix was struck in February 2014, several parties have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate dealings…

Where are the Big Data Jobs?

The recent White House report on big data has garnered a great deal of public attention, both for its strong support for big data as…

Infrastructure Investment and Economic Growth: Surveying New Post-Crisis Evidence

Does an increase in government spending create or destroy private sector jobs? Or more particularly, does additional spending on infrastructure—fixing existing roads and bridges, or…

Young Americans: Is Recovery Coming?

Young Americans – the 80 million Americans age 16-34 – have had a rough recession and an almost non-existent recovery. This is reinforced by the…

The PPI Tech/Info Job Ranking

The last few years have been tough for many cities and localities. Most places have not yet fully recovered from the financial collapse, either in…

Student Debt: The FAQs on Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

In August 2013, President Obama announced a major drive to increase enrollment in “Pay As You Earn” (PAYE), a federal student loan repayment option based…

Stumping Patent Trolls On The Bridge To Innovation

President Obama brought much needed attention this June to “patent trolling,” a growing area of litigation abuse vexing America’s high-tech industries. In these lawsuits, shell…

The FCC’s Incentive Auction: Getting Spectrum Policy Right

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…

Non-US Investment Heroes: Foreign Companies Betting on America

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)—investment in the United States by foreign-based companies—has yet to recover to pre-recessionary levels. In 2011, FDI remained 25 percent below 2008…

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify: The First Principle of Tax Reform

Overhauling the federal tax system is one of the most important steps U.S. political leaders can take to promote economic growth and fairness. It is…