A New Bargain for Upward Mobility

PPI’s Domestic and Social Policy Project seeks to develop a new framework aimed at helping ordinary Americans get ahead in a rapidly changing digital economy.

Our goal is to promote policies that:

  • Connect workers with real jobs at good wages and opportunities for advancement;
  • Equip workers throughout their careers with the skills they need and that businesses want;
  • Unleash Americans’ entrepreneurial potential and help rebuild the economy’s dynamism;
  • Foster a new social bargain that provides workers robust tools for financial security and employers with the flexibility to stay competitive; and
  • Demand stronger corporate stewardship of workers’ welfare, including greater responsibility for improving wages and benefits, helping workers upskill, providing flexible work arrangements and protecting worker voice.

American households rightly worry about the precarious state of their finances and their place in an economy beset by automation and other disruptive forces. By advancing a new vision for government that’s nimble, modernized and tech-savvy, and that that helps Americans achieve their aspirations rather than stand in their way, we can ensure that more workers share in the nation’s current and future prosperity.

Publications

By / 6.27.2018

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s election and inauguration, former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Democrats to remake themselves as warriors in opposition to big business as the strategy for winning back voters. “We need to … make it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is going to take on Wall Street, […]

By / 5.4.2018

A federal jobs guarantee is too expensive and too impractical to pass muster with the public.

By / 1.23.2018

Corporate tax cuts have long been on the wish list of American businesses, which have rightly argued that both the rates and structure of the U.S. corporate tax code hurt America’s ability to compete globally. U.S. companies are now on track to see dramatic reductions in their tax rates, thanks to the $1.5 trillion tax […]

Press

By / 10.3.2018

Fixating on the traditional aggregate measures of the economy’s health — GDP growth, the unemployment rate, or the inflation trade — ignores not only rising income and wealth inequality, but the fact the American Dream machine has been sputtering for at least two or three decades. Stanford’s Raj Chetty and his co-authors have shown that […]

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 / 8.27.2018

Geography is a barrier to higher education for tens of millions of rural Americans. A few states have hit on an innovative solution. fter graduating from her rural Pennsylvania high school in 2005, Tesla Rae Moore did what many, perhaps most American high school seniors today expect to do: she left home for college with […]

Blog

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 / 8.23.2018

More states should consider creating rural higher education centers, writes Anne Kim, and colleges should embrace such centers as a way to help more students succeed. After graduating from her rural Pennsylvania high school in 2005, Tesla Rae Moore did what most American high school seniors today expect to do: she left home for college […]

By / 8.15.2018

This week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled new legislation aimed at turning American’s largest companies into better corporate citizens. Under Warren’s “Accountable Capitalism Act,” companies earning more than $1 billion a year in revenues would be required to obtain a new federal corporate charter her legislation would create. Among other things, this charter would mandate […]