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 / 11.28.2018

Restaurant workers are reputed to be among the lowest paid workers in the country. One reason restaurant workers, and servers in particular, are perceived to be so poorly paid is the fact that tips often make up a good chunk of their pay, while the hourly wage they receive from their employers is lower than […]

By and / 11.14.2018

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a national opinion survey that highlights the surprising resilience of America’s pragmatic political center two years into Donald Trump’s deeply polarizing presidency. The poll reinforces a key takeaway from the 2018 midterm elections: Suburban voters – especially women – are repelled by the president’s racial and cultural demagoguery […]

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, […]

Press

By / 10.30.2018

The new federal program could lure fresh investment to distressed areas. But the clock is ticking. Twenty years ago, the rural hamlet of South Boston, Va., was a thriving blue-collar, middle-class community. Most of its residents were employed in manufacturing, such as at the nearby Burlington Industries textile plant and Russell Stover candy factory, or […]

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 […]

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 / 8.27.2018

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 […]

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 […]