Updates / Social Empowerment


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 / 4.10.2018

It’s not surprising that at a time when it’s hard to trust Facebook, the president and Congress that truths we once found self-evident have given way to disbelief. Many Americans have discarded once taken-for-granted beliefs in democracy, science, God, hard work, reputable information, patriotism, marriage and good manners. Some of these currents cross class, age […]

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 / 12.13.2016

Uber, NYC Human Resources Administration, United Way of NYC, and Hunger Free America Join PPI to Promote New Report NEW YORK CITY—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today was joined by technology, government, and anti-poverty leaders at a public event to release a new report by Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg, Fighting Poverty with HOPE. […]

This morning the PPI hosted a breakfast and conversation with special guest, Andrew Leigh. Leigh is an economist and Member of the Australian House of Representatives. He is also the Australian Labour Party’s Shadow Assistant Treasurer. In 2011, Leigh received the “Young Economist Award” from the Economics Society of Australia.  Leigh served as a PPI Fellow en route […]

By / 6.14.2013

Fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women are earning 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. While this gap is still bigger than it should be – especially since “breadwinner moms” now support 40 percent of American households – this disparity would unquestionably be worse without the cudgel of equal […]

By / 5.24.2013

Since 2000, the nation’s poverty rate has been creeping inexorably upward, from a near-historic low of11.3 percent in 2000 to 15 percent in 2011. But in the suburbs, poverty has been exploding. According to a new book released this week by researchers Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution, suburban poverty has soared […]

By / 8.24.2012

It’s a rare event when a Senate contest affects a presidential campaign—or indeed, an entire election cycle. But for the moment, that’s what seems to have happened in Missouri, thanks to freshly minted GOP nominee Todd Akin’s witless talk about abortion and rape, and his determination (so far) to stay in the race despite threats […]

By / 8.17.2012

Without question, the big election-related event of the last week was the surprising announcement—both its content and its timing, before the Summer Olympics had ended—of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running-mate. I cannot recall any such event that (a) had so pervasive an immediate impact on the party in question’s general election strategy, and (b) […]

By / 7.20.2012

If U.S. conservatives have made any useful contribution to anti-poverty policy, it’s driving home this crucial point: family structure matters. The whole vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty usually begins with teen pregnancy and unwed births. Yet House Republicans this week proposed to gut federal programs that aim at reducing teen pregnancies. How do conservatives square […]