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By / 3.27.2020

As Congress passes its historic multi-trillion spending package, people across the country, as well as investors in our beleaguered financial markets, will breathe a sigh of relief. But the truth is, this “Phase 3” response to the pandemic-induced economic shutdown may just be the beginning of what we need to avert a savage recession or […]

By / 2.12.2020

The failure of the app intended to collect results from the Democratic caucuses in Iowa wasn’t the best advertisement for the App Economy. But we have to remember that apps play a central role in the economy. As part of a global project measuring the size of the App Economy, we estimated the U.S. App […]

By / 12.19.2019

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Los Angeles this week for the last debate of 2019, candidates should look across the Atlantic for a cautionary tale. No, I’m not just talking about last week’s UK elections, which saw Labour’s far left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, get crushed by Brexiteer Boris Johnson. Democrats can also draw useful […]

By / 10.15.2019

IRS Free File and VITA programs should be improved not discarded. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 90 percent of taxpayers hire paid tax preparers or utilize tax preparation software to file their taxes. For low-income families the cost of tax preparation can significantly reduce the value of their refunds. A 2016 study by […]

Critics say that UBI risks discouraging people from working, which would shrink our economy and thereby lower U.S. living standards. by PPI Summer Intern Avi Lipton In his long-shot bid for the presidency, Andrew Yang has brought fresh attention to an old idea: universal basic income. Yang’s UBI proposal, which he calls “Freedom Dividends,” would […]

By / 8.20.2019

Watching the nation’s political leaders tie themselves in knots over minor changes in gun laws, I can’t help but wonder if America hasn’t become the “pitiful, helpless giant” Richard Nixon warned about decades ago. Nixon conjured up this arresting image to rally public support for his unpopular plan to invade Cambodia. But it seems more […]

Roman Darker, PPI Summer 2019 Intern We often take for granted the many essential tasks that require government-issued ID, such as a drivers’ license or a state-issued ID card. We need them to open a bank account, apply for a job, rent property, stay in hotels, get a P.O. box, and even for most interstate […]