Publications

Publications

Reviving Jobs and Innovation: A Progressive Approach to Improving Regulation

Download the entire memo Today, the U.S. is suffering from a regulatory paradox: Too few and too many regulations at the same time. On the one hand, financial services were clearly under-regulated during the 2000s, making financial reform essential. Similarly, President Obama’s healthcare reform bill was a key first step to reining in medical costs.…

Reviving Jobs and Innovation: The Role of Countercyclical Regulatory Policy – Part I

Read the entire memo Since the Great Depression, the tools of choice for fighting economic downturns have been countercyclical monetary policy and countercyclical fiscal policy. That is, when the economy slowed, economists would recommend cutting interest rates, reducing taxes, and boosting government spending to pump up demand. And for 75 years, those policy measures were…

Taxing Capital in a Supply-Chain World

Read the entire memo here The post-election wrangle over extending the Bush tax cuts will take place in the worst possible environment for making good policy: A lame-duck Congress facing an artificial deadline to deal with a highly contentious issue after a nasty election. Even from a substantive policy perspective alone, the debate is a…

Economic Uncertainty and the Challenges of For-Profit College Regulation

The so-called “gainful employment” rule currently being proposed by the Department of Education (DOE) has generated extensive controversy. The rule, designed to crack down on widespread recruiting frauds that can lead to huge student loan debts and ultimately put taxpayers on the hook, has drawn 90,000 comments. DOE announced recently that it would implement the…

How To Pay For High-Speed Rail

President Obama has been quite supportive of building high-speed rail. In January he announced an $8 billion down payment. But that was just a start. Building high-speed rail is a major investment, and the big question is: how will we pay for it, especially in a time of increasing federal deficits? PPI Fellow Mark Reutter…

Cutting the Tether: Enhancing the U.S. Military’s Energy Performance

Watch live streaming video from progressivepolicyinstitute at livestream.com “Unleash us from the tether of fuel.”     — Gen. James Mattis, former commander of the 1st Marine Division, during the drive to Baghdad, March 2003   Executive Summary The Defense Department has embarked on an important set of reforms that focuses on the impact of…