Andrew Yarrow

Andrew L. Yarrow is a PPI Senior Fellow, journalist and author, and historian whose work has focused on issues relating to social and economic well-being, public finance, and contemporary U.S. culture. A former New York Times reporter, he has also worked for the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of Labor (where he was a political appointee during the Clinton Administration), Oxfam America, Public Agenda, and the Export-Import Bank; taught 20th-century U.S. history at American University; and has consulted for organizations ranging from UNICEF and the World Bank to the Kettering Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Institutes for Research. At the Times, he covered subjects ranging from the arts and education to business and social trends. Yarrow is also a Senior Fellow in the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute, an affiliate scholar with the Institute for American Values, and an affiliate faculty member at George Mason University. He writes for publications such as The Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the L.A. Times, the Washington Monthly, and Education Week. He has also written many scholarly articles, blogs and chapters of books. Yarrow has spoken on and moderated many public panels and has appeared often on TV and radio. Many of his writings can be found at Yarrow lives in the Washington, DC area, and has master’s degrees from Princeton and Harvard Universities and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, and has studied in Britain and France.


Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.1.2017

“After I got divorced in 1999, I had custody of my kids, but I went out of my way to drop them at their mother’s house over the weekends,” said a 47-year-old African American man in Baltimore. He lost his job during the 2008 recession and was out of work for two years. After finding […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.30.2017

Despite the decades-long drumbeat for gender equity, young American men still feel strong social pressure to adhere to traditional male roles to be tough, sexually aggressive and controlling, even though most personally don’t believe in the tenets of old-style masculinity. This disconnect between how they feel they should act and how they say they want […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.3.2017

He’s the last best hope to stop the ethno-nationalist Marine Le Pen from capturing the presidency. Why are this spring’s French presidential elections so important to the United States and the world? Typically, few Americans pay attention to elections beyond our borders, although Britain’s “Brexit” vote last summer was potentially a harbinger of Donald Trump’s […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 11.17.2016

There is a widespread, hardly unfounded, belief that government regulators and business are in perpetual, bitter conflict over regulations concerning environmental, food and drug, transportation and workplace safety. Government wants tough standards and businesses say they will cut into profits or drive them out of business, or so the story goes. That story is not […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 10.26.2016

With the campaign in its final weeks, there is at least one issue that both candidates agree on — preserving and expanding Social Security. We can “save Social Security” and cut taxes, as Donald Trump insists, merely by conjuring that elusive elixir of “economic growth.” Hillary Clinton goes further, calling to expand it for widows […]