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Publications

Get Everyone Back to Work – and Make Work Pay

Summer is normally a time when Americans look forward to taking a vacation. In the pandemic summer of 2020, however, many of us probably would like nothing better than to get back to work. Since the coronavirus reached our shores, tens of millions of Americans have been laid off or furloughed. Many others have had…

Make the Gig Economy More Resilient

The “gig economy” has unlocked a wave of economic value in recent years. The direct impact of independent workers on the economy is almost $1 trillion, or 5% of GDP. Now, this extremely flexible segment of the economy is more important than ever in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surprisingly, even the healthcare industry…

Regulatory Improvement for Independent Workers: A New Vision

One of the biggest productivity advances in recent years has been the use of platforms to connect buyers and sellers at lower cost. Platforms offer less rigid contractual arrangements, expanded earnings opportunities for workers and access to essential goods and services for underserved communities. Overall, platforms generate win-win economic activity which benefits everyone.  The flexibility…

Is Work-from-Home Really the Wave of the Future?

Zillow CEO Rich Barton recently tweeted that he was giving all employees the option to work from home for the rest of 2020. “My personal opinions about WFH (work from home) have been turned upside down over the past 2 months. I expect this will have a lasting influence on the future of work ...…

Escaping the Startup Trap: Can Policymakers Help Small Companies Grow to Major Employers?

Starting a new business is hard. Scaling it up to a significant size is harder. Europeans have long fretted about their lack of ‘unicorns’— privately held startups with a valuation of more than $1 billion. More generally, there is a sense that European startups either fail to grow or are bought out by larger companies…

Investment Heroes 2018: Encouraging and Diffusing Innovation Throughout the Economy

Despite the low unemployment rate, productivity growth is still stuck in slow gear. Non-farm business output per hour increased by 1.3 percent from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018 – well below the post- war average of 2.2 percent.1 Other countries around the world are also grappling with this slowdown…

New Ideas for a Do-Something Congress No. 2: Jumpstart a New Generation of Manufacturing Entrepreneurs

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…

New Ideas for a Do-Something Congress No. 1: “A Check on Trump’s Reckless Tariffs”

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution sets out Congress’s job description on international trade, empowering it “to lay and collect . . . duties” and “to regulate commerce with foreign nations.” For the past two years, Congress hasn’t been doing its job. Instead, it’s stood by while President Trump has hijacked its constitutional trade…

Guaranteed Jobs: Too Big to Succeed

[gview file="https://www.progressivepolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/PPI_GuaranteeJobs_2018.pdf" title="PPI_GuaranteeJobs_2018"] As the party out of power, Democrats have the luxury of thinking big as they consider how to topple President Donald Trump in 2020. Bold, ambitious ideas are what the party sorely needs if it is to capture voters’ attention and woo them from Trump’s corrosive grip. But if Democrats are to…

PPI & Republican Main Street: New Workplace Flexibility Bill is a Win-Win for Employers & Working Families

WASHINGTON - Following the introduction of H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, Republican Main Street Partnership and the Progressive Policy Institute today released statements in support of the new legislation. Introduced by Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45), the bill provides American businesses and their employees with greater choice, flexibility and predictability for the…
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