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 / 1.29.2019

As many as 4.4 million U.S. jobs are going unfilled due to shortages of workers with the right skills. Many of these opportunities are in so-called “middle-skill” occupations, such as IT or advanced manufacturing, where workers need some sort of post-secondary credential but not a four-year degree. Expanding access to high-quality career education and training […]

By / 1.24.2019

The number of large U.S. manufacturing facilities has dropped by more than a third since 2000, devastating many communities where factories were the lifeblood of the local economy. One promising way to revive America’s manufacturing might is not by going big but by going small – and going local. Digitally-assisted manufacturing technologies, such as 3D […]

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 […]

Press

By / 1.25.2019

A D.C. housing development serves as a refuge for grandparents raising young children. Is it a model for the rest of the country? It’s a few days after Christmas, and Akirah Carter is sitting in her living room, still wearing her Santa-and-reindeer-patterned pajamas and pointed elf slippers as she tinkers with her gifts: a PlayStation […]

By / 1.16.2019

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump […]

By / 1.7.2019

Doing good pays dividends for both corporations and governments. Just ask Philadelphia. Azavea is a 65-person software development company based in Philadelphia. Its business is helping governments and nonprofits use geospatial data to achieve various public goals, such as improving traffic flow or reducing pollution. Many would call Azavea a dream employer. It shares its […]

Blog

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 […]

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 […]