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By Michael Mandel / 8.11.2016

As we’ve repeatedly said, innovation creates jobs, not destroys them. But we’ve also recently pointed out that government has been lagging private sector spending on R&D, and that’s one reason why productivity growth and job creation has been weak. Moreover, PPI’s Will Marshall recently wrote that the Democrats have to resolve their economic identity crisis. So […]

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By Michael Mandel / 8.9.2016

PPI was among the first organizations to highlight the business investment drought, starting in 2010 and 2011, way before it became commonly accepted  (see here and here). And our “Investment Heroes” annual ranking was started in 2012 precisely to contrast the companies that were investing heavily in the United States with the many others that chose to pare back. […]

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By David Osborne / 8.9.2016

By David Osborne and Richard Whitmire The list of failed school reforms launched since 1983’s A Nation at Risk is embarrassingly long. Worse yet, these sputtering reforms appear to be stacking up at a faster rate: Common Core, evaluating teachers partly on student test scores, luring top teachers into low-performing schools. Nothing seems to work out, with […]

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By Michael Mandel / 8.8.2016

Yes, the productivity slump has hit the iron and steel mill industry as well. Robert Samuelson wrote a long piece in the WaPo about productivity growth in the steel industry, arguing that “…[p]roductivity (a.k.a., efficiency) has increased dramatically.” His main source was a very careful academic study by Allan Collard-Wexler of Duke University and Jan De Loecker of Princeton University. […]

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By The Progressive Policy Institute / 8.8.2016

We are delighted to send you this inaugural issue of the School Reform Newsblast, a new information service launched by Reinventing America’s Schools. It aggregates important news about developments in school innovation and reform across the country. The Newsblast is going to a select audience of school reform leaders and activists in government, business, and […]

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Government programs, social agencies, and civic and charitable groups must reinvent how they deliver services. By embracing technological innovation, costly and time consuming bureaucratic barriers can be broken down and millions of Americans in need can become their own case managers.

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Technological innovation is the main force driving job creation, productivity growth, and living standards. Progressives should aim to stimulate public and private investment in new enterprises and diffuse innovation across the entire economy.

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With Washington stalemated by partisanship and polarization, the most important governing innovations are happening in America’s metro regions. PPI envisions a new federalism that decentralizes political power and resources to our metro leaders.

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An open global economy boosts U.S. growth, supports good jobs, and enhances the buying power of American consumers. PPI advances policies that help American producers and workers to tap into global commerce, while assuring that trade’s substantial benefits are more broadly shared.

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Most people view charter schools as laboratories around the edges of the traditional school system. In contrast, PPI believes that charters demonstrate a better way to organize the entire public education system.

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The civil justice system is a “public good” that should produce predictable, accurate and just results. The PPI Center for Civil Justice seeks to defend the integrity of our legal system from litigation abuse.

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The single greatest challenge our country faces today is renewing its economic strength and dynamism. This demands not just new economic policies, but also changes in how government regulates business and innovation.

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When it comes to energy, Americans deserve better than a false choice between green fantasies and “drill baby drill.” A balanced national energy portfolio must tap all fuels to meet growing energy demands and also reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.