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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 / 9.7.2018

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 / 8.23.2018

The FTC recently asked for comments on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.” PPI submitted  two excerpts from a forthcoming paper, “Taking Competition Policy Seriously: Macro Indicators for Regulators.”  Here is a summary of the first excerpt, the introduction: Recent work has linked increased concentration to poor macroeconomic outcomes. In this spirit, this […]

By / 8.13.2018

Summary: Based on new “digital economy” data from a recent BEA working paper, we calculate that the labor share of the digital sector has risen since 2007, while gross margin of the digital sector has fallen over the same period. This result is consistent with strong competition in the digital product and labor markets (see […]

By / 8.8.2018

WASHINGTON—Manufacturing productivity, on the decline for two decades, could be on the upswing and the sector could be on the verge of a significant transformation, according to a new report authored by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Dr. Michael Mandel. This shift hinges on an alternative digital future for manufacturers – one built around innovations in other […]

By / 7.16.2018

While we wait for the European Commission to announce the outcome of its antitrust case against Google, let us consider what’s at stake. Each year since 2016 we have estimated the number of App Economy jobs in Europe. These are workers who develop, maintain, and support mobile apps. Our latest figures show almost 1.7 million […]

By / 7.13.2018

Here’s a selection of PPI’s recent work on the Digital Economy.  This list does not include our global App Economy work. “Perceptions versus Reality,” (June 2018) (Michael Mandel and Desirée Van Welsum) “The Internet of Goods and a Revitalized Economy: Upstate New York as a Template,” (January 2018) (Michael Mandel and Elliott Long) “Get Ready […]

By / 6.14.2018

In this post we update our October 2017 report, “The App Economy in Europe: Leading Countries and Cities, 2017.”  That report found 1.89 million App Economy jobs in Europe as of January 2017. Our new results find 2.05 million App Economy jobs in Europe as of April 2018, an increase of 8.3% (or an annual […]

By / 6.11.2018

I write this article as a freelancer. I take Lyft to get around. I’ve booked an apartment this summer through Airbnb. I’ve been an adjunct professor. I’ve just gotten estimates for roof and other home repairs from men who work for themselves. All of these activities are part of a large universe of what’s come […]

By / 5.29.2018

On May 8, PPI participated in a congressional roundtable on the impact of retail automation on workers of color.  The roundtable was led by Representative Bobby Scott of Virginia, and moderated by Spencer Overton of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  I presented PPI’s latest research on the impact of the ecommerce boom […]