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By / 9.18.2018

Donald Trump promised that America would start “winning big on trade.” Trump vowed to keep “special interests” from rigging U.S. trade, pledged trade decisions would “benefit American workers and families,” and promised to confront trade violations by China. For the former Apprentice host, winning means that Trump picks the winners, tilting the scales for his […]

By / 9.13.2018

It’s official: House Republicans are campaigning on a pledge to increase the federal budget deficit. It was just 10 months ago that they enacted a package of ostensibly temporary tax cuts that is projected to increase deficits by roughly $2 trillion over the next decade. This week, they offered a series of proposals dubbed “Tax Reform […]

By / 9.13.2018

WASHINGTON—As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) kicks off public hearings today on economic concentration and competition, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) weighs in with a new e-book by economist and antitrust lawyer, Robert Litan, one of America’s leading authorities on antitrust law and competition policy. In A Scalpel, Not an Axe: Updating Antitrust and Data […]

By / 9.11.2018

I’ve consistently argued that the ecommerce job boom has 5 or more years to run before employment peaks. Moreover, as ecommerce gets more automated, it will open up new possibilities for distributed manufacturing and the Internet of Goods. However, a new story from the Washington Post highlights an ecommerce fulfillment center in China where hundreds […]

Today marks the publication of a new book by PPI Senior Fellow Andrew Yarrow, Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life. The former New York Times reporter has documented the spread of online misogyny and other disturbing signs of a peculiarly masculine malaise pervading our country. Cultural and economic changes, Yarrow contends, have […]

By / 9.10.2018

Last week, the New York Times produced a visually stunning story about shuttered storefronts in NYC. The story’s premise, told in pictures, was a simple one: New York City’s streetscape has been transformed — visually and economically — by the staggering numbers of vacant storefronts now dotting its most popular retail corridors. We’ve all seen the […]

By / 9.7.2018

The ecommerce revolution is driving an employment and wage boom in the warehousing industry. Over the past 3 years, the number of production and nonsupervisory workers in general warehousing has gone from 642K to 810K, propelled by the rapid expansion of ecommerce fulfillment centers around the country. Our earlier research showed that ecommerce fulfillment centers […]

By / 8.28.2018

They’re a tempting alternative to raising taxes, but their long-term costs far outweigh the revenue they bring in. Raising taxes is painful. That may be why, since 2010, 47 states and a number of cities have instead raised both civil and criminal fines and fees. These increases are often viewed as a conflict-free way to […]

By / 8.28.2018

The drug industry, like any industry, has its share of bad actors. The loathsome Martin Shkreli is now serving time after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, jacked up the cost of a lifesaving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent. Mylan, a Dutch company, was caught overcharging the federal Medicaid program $1.27 billion for EpiPens, used to protect […]

By / 8.27.2018

Sen. John McCain deserves more than a tweet. Yet that’s all our graceless and petty president could muster to mark the death of an authentic American hero and patriot. Perhaps that’s because John McCain was everything Donald Trump is not -– unflinchingly honest, brave, selfless, and respectful of others, including his political opponents. The Navy […]