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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 / 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 / 12.19.2017

It’s been a surreal political year, but PPI has much to celebrate this holiday season. Throughout 2017, we expanded our productive capacity and the scope of our political and media outreach significantly. For example, PPI organized 150 meetings with prominent elected officials; visited 10 state capitals and 10 foreign capitals, published an influential book and […]

By / 6.28.2017

PPI believes that the tech/telecom space is intensely competitive, not just in the United States but around the world.  We also believe that companies which are innovative and invest in new technologies and capabilities are providing great benefits to consumers and workers, including a fast-growing number of good jobs. From that perspective, we are strongly […]

By / 6.5.2017

Americans don’t agree on much these days — but everyone knows our politics isn’t working. Even the simplest of issues are no match for the spinmeisters, and policy argument has been replaced by viral meme. It’s a plague that undermines the very idea of meeting in the middle that has been fundamental to our progress. […]

By / 3.31.2017

Just over a year ago, PPI unveiled a big ideas blueprint with a prescient subtitle: Unleashing Innovation and Growth: A Progressive Alternative to Populism. We knew that progressives in the United States and Europe needed better answers to the economic and cultural grievances that have fueled the rise of a retrograde populism and nationalism around […]

By / 1.30.2017

Today President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced, “to the extent permitted by law.”  Trump, of course, already has control of new regulations from the executive branch, so the executive order was not needed.  At the same time, his attempt to pare back existing regulations […]

How the wrong kind of regulation is strangling business—and what to do about it. Even economists who believe that the system is flawed have a hard time quantifying the issue. “I do think that our economy loses resilience and adaptability because the regulatory structure is so rigid,” says Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the […]

By / 9.29.2016

The FCC chose to ‘delete‘ (their word) discussion of its “set-top box rule” from today’s meeting. As we wrote two weeks ago, the FCC’s proposed rule appeared to put the commission in the position of rewriting copyright law and setting up a licensing board for apps.  The licensing board for apps is particularly disturbing, because it represents an entirely […]

By / 9.13.2016

Does the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have the authority to rewrite copyright law and license apps? This Thursday the Senate Commerce Committee will hold an oversight hearing for the FCC, giving the committee members the opportunity to ask FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler this very relevant question. Wheeler has proposed a plan by which payTV operators […]