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Mandel and Blaustein for InsideSources, “Entrepreneurs Need to Escape The Start up Trap”

For many, becoming a small business owner has always been a part of the American Dream and for entrepreneurs launching a successful startup today is, in many ways, the 21st-century version of this ambition. But even if the business gets off the ground, it is becoming more and more challenging for company owners to scale…

New Ideas for a Do-Something Congress No. 3: “End The Federal Bias Against Career Education”

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…

Mandel for Forbes, “Why 2019 Will Be The Year Of The Manufacturing Platform”

The big tech platforms get all the attention these days. But the biggest tech news of 2019 may turn out to be the rise of the manufacturing platforms—companies that rewrite the rules of production and product development, and in the process create new opportunities for local manufacturing. The economic backdrop is the looming threat of…

PPI in the News

Kim for Washington Monthly, “The Mirage of ‘Full Employment'”

Low unemployment rates mask soft spots in the job market, especially among rural Americans and minorities. For the last several months, Republicans have been resting on the laurels of positive job growth and low unemployment—proof, they say, of the Trump economy’s strength. In March, the nation’s official jobless rate stood at 4.1 percent, the lowest…

Financial Times: Democrats struggle to harness economic feelgood factor

Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, said that once Democratic strategists have moved past the primaries and into the general election they will need to portray a hopeful economic picture to voters — learning from the 2014 midterm elections in which he said the party had failed to capitalize on economic improvements under…

Dallas Business Journal: Texas finds roughly half of its mobile application-related jobs in DFW

The Dallas Business Journal cites data collected by PPI's chief economic strategist Michael Mandel on the growth of App Economy jobs in Dallas, Texas: The Progressive Policy Institute based in Washington, D.C., reported that the DFW region comprised 44 percent of the states workforce within the space in the month of December. The data includes development jobs as…

Press Releases

Release: In Gig Economy Space, New Report Shines Light on Regulatory Improvements for Independent Workers

Independent workers face a dilemma where they cannot currently receive benefit payments from companies without risking their independent status. WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report from the Progressive Policy Institute examines the possibility of creating a way to regulate platforms that would preserve the flexible nature of independent workers and the benefits to our economy…

Press Release: New PPI Report Offers Pragmatic Alternative to “Free College” Proposal

Free credentials would help millions of Americans without four-year degrees reach the middle-class debt free & close labor force “skills gap” WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy report by senior fellow Anne Kim, "Forget ‘free college.’ How about ‘free credentials?,'" proposing greater federal support of high-quality occupational credentialing opportunities as…

L.A. Times: Don’t stress over robots; a bright new economy is being born

Good news: The robots may not destroy us after all. A few weeks ago, I wrote a column that outlined the worries of big thinkers such as Stephen Hawking and Andrew Yang who are predicting a wave of job destruction caused by automation, robots and artificial intelligence. Michael Mandel begs to differ. Mandel is chief…