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PPI in the News

Marshall for The Daily Beast: “Democrats Can Repair Free Enterprise-or Destroy Themselves”

The U.S. economy is chugging toward a new record for longest expansion, and middle-class families, finally, are seeing decent wage gains. Yet our political leaders, as if stuck in a time warp, keep peddling a bleak narrative of economic victimhood and defeatism. 2020 is Democrats' chance to channel and implement radically pragmatic, empowering, and innovative…

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…

Weinstein for The Hill, “The right way to create greater competition in consumer credit scoring”

Why is the decision to promote competition in the credit scoring model industry complicated? At first blush it would seem to make perfect sense. More competition could lead to lower costs for those who use the scores. Furthermore, it might increase the likelihood that some qualified individuals — who may not be approved for a…

Wall Street Journal: Tech Employment: More Diverse Than You Think

PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel and Economist Diana Carew's new report, Tech Opportunity for Minorities and Women: A Good News, Bad News Story, was featured in the Wall Street Journal on the growth in employment for minorities the tech labor market. “Tech jobs are growing faster and are more diverse than people think,” said…

KNPR: Why is Youth Unemployment So High?

This week, Diana Carew, director of PPI's Young American Prosperity Project, was interviewed on Nevada's Public Radio on the topic of millennial unemployment.  You can find the full recording here; a few summarizing quotes are below. You need an education and training system that's set up to be dynamic and to meet the needs of…

Financial Times: Obama seeks poll dividend from wage fight

Barney Jopson, writing for Financial Times, quoted Will Marshall, PPI president, on President Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage.  The article explores the popular support for a minimum wage hike and the conservative economic arguments against the President's policy.  Marshall presents an alternative, progressive option to lessen America's growing inequality: Will Marshall, president of the Progressive…

Mandel’s work featured as one of “The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013” by The Atlantic

Matthew O'Brien writing for The Atlantic highlighted the work of Michael Mandel, PPI's cheif economic strategist, in a recent survey of "The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013 - in 42 Graphs."  Mandel's contribution was a graph reflecting the increasing tech education of minorities:   "The tech boom has opened up new opportunities for minorities. Over…

America Turns Left On Social Issues, But Not On Government

In his article for McClatchy Newspapers on "Social Issues and Public Opinion", David Lightman quotes PPI President Will Marshall: Some saw Barack Obama as a modern-day Franklin Roosevelt, ushering in a 21st century version of New Deal liberalism. Others saw a John F. Kennedy, heralding the dawn of a new progressive age of expanding rights.…

The Country, Not the Supreme Court, Will Settle Gay Marriage

In his piece on gay marriage for McClatchy Newspapers, David Lightman quotes PPI president Will Marshall: Court cases addressing large social issues can reflect trends already under way in society, seen in popular culture and taking hold in the country’s psyche. The 1954 ruling on desegregation came seven years after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball.…

Next Bailout: Student Loans?

PPI economist, Diana Carew, on CNBC's Closing Bell discussing the rise of student debt and government investment in education.