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About That Lower Unemployment Rate and Public Sector Jobs

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's now pretty well understood that of the two ways you can reduce unemployment, we got the bad one today. That is, the jobless rate can fall because more jobseekers land jobs -- good; or because they give up looking -- bad.

Intrapreneurship Presents Solutions for MENA's Large Public Sector

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Intrapreneurship is characterized by the "start up" style of management, characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk-taking. The objective is to circumvent bureaucracy and fast-track private sector development by harnessing or taking advantage of new opportunities and new processes or designs.

The Curse of Greek Public Sector Authoritarianism

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

In the country's airports and at its cruise terminals, there can be no further room for intolerant officials. They must be held to the highest standards if the country is to achieve the position it hopes to command on the world tourist map.

Re-thinking the "Business" of Government

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Faisal Hoque

As with the private sector, all public agencies are functioning within a global marketplace -- the key difference lies in the constituencies it serves.

Why Teach Philanthropy -- and How?

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Marquardt

Granted, philanthropy is not the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about standard offerings at liberal arts colleges. But increasingly, students studying humanities, social or hard sciences, or business can learn about philanthropy, and it's easy to see why.

Ketchup Or Sequestration?

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

In between the analysis and absorption of the impact of both these government actions, Warren Buffett, the sage of Omaha, announced his intentions to buy the H.J. Heinz, the beloved ketchup brand of most Americans, for $23 billion.

Looming Sequester Cuts Threaten Public and Private Sector Workers

Sean Crowley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Sean Crowley

Millions of Americans who depend upon government-funded services deserve better than this kind of "sore loser" lack of leadership from our elected representatives. And so do the hundreds of thousands of government employees who deliver these vital services.

Pension Panic Fueled by Anti-Worker Politics?

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Pension costs seem to loom over so many state and local budget battles like a sinister sword of Damocles, a dark reminder of Big Government's tyrannical profligacy. Should we panic?

'Plan B' Isn't a Plan at All

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

There are now only 12 days left for Congress to reach an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," yet Republicans are still insisting on a plan that will harm our economy and risks our ability to compete in the 21st century.

Where Rubber Hits the Road: Reforming Public Sector Management

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The way taxes are collected, budgets and policies are set up, and public employees are managed and behave affect the results that governments can achieve. Why then is reforming public sector management so hard to obtain, since benefits are so obvious?

A False Dichotomy

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

There are a lot of good criticisms that can be made regarding the need to overhaul a sclerotic public sector, but starting such discussions with the assumption that one can neatly divide the populace between makers and takers is rank nonsense.

Share Your Voice in Our Future by Voting Tuesday

Benny Napoleon | Posted 11.02.2012 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

The future of our nation, Michigan and Wayne County rests with you and other voters. Do not give up your right to vote! I encourage you to become familiar with your ballot by reviewing it online and deeply considering each candidate and issue.

Sandy and the Importance of Government

David Morris | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
David Morris

When disasters hit, the government is the only agent with the authority and capacity to marshal and mobilize resources sufficient to the undertaking

Dawn of the Data Age: Jake Porway, DataKind and the Future of Decision-Making

Jereme Bivins | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Jereme Bivins

What if the same technology that helps power my movie recommendations could help us better allocate resources for public education? Or highlight areas vulnerable to natural disaster? Or even just help our organizations find the right funders?

The Attack on Green Energy

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

By delegitimizing government and its capacities, conservatives have made it impossible to conduct a serious analysis of the role of government in developing renewables and the conditions under which private sector participation might make sense.

AFT Survey Finds State Employees With Union Representation Have Significant Wage Advantage

Posted 10.19.2012 | Education

The American Federation of Teachers public employees division recently issued its annual "State Employee Compensation Survey," which determined that e...

The Second Debate: In Pursuit of Women Voters

David Coates | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
David Coates

One of the most telling questions in the second debate focused on the gender pay gap: asking in what ways the candidates would "rectify the inequalities in the workplace. The Romney answer was an embarrassment and the president could have said more.

Debates Should Probe Romney's Economic Insanity

Karl Frisch | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Is it any wonder that Republicans have become the Party of 'no'? If they had said yes, our unemployment might be in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 percent by now and the president would be kicking Mitt Romney's rear end even more thoroughly than he is already.

Everything I Learned in Life I Didn't Learn in College

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.20.2012 | Small Business
Dylan Kendall

Hollywood Arts used arts-based learning to mainstream homeless and foster care youth over the age of 18. Our goal was, among other things, to prepare our students for higher education and we partnered with the local community college to help facilitate this.

Need More Jobs? Revive the Public Sector

John Tirman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
John Tirman

Lessons from the tough neighborhoods of Rio and Johannesburg also have meaning for the United States. One of the consequences of the severe budget cuts the GOP envisions under the Ryan plan is a growing disconnect between communities and government.

There Is Only One Economy

Seth Korman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Seth Korman

Both candidates are intelligent individuals who understand that both government and private enterprise serve fundamental roles in our society and, in the last century, have together produced the most vibrant, creative and productive economy that the world has ever known.

Smaller Government Equals Fewer Jobs For Women

Sarah Damaske | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Sarah Damaske

Job creation plans from every candidate need to take women's paid work -- and the sectors in which they are likely to find work, such as state and local governments -- more seriously if we are to build a stronger economy for tomorrow.

How Public Sector Jobs Beget Private Sector Ones

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It's nuts to maintain that the government doesn't create jobs. It creates millions of them, and we very much need them if we're going to educate kids, drink water, put out fires, have public safety, etc. But public sector jobs also create private sector jobs. It's all connected, man.

If Our Enemies Will Stop Lying About Us, We Will Stop Telling the Truth About Them

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Though he attracted ridicule from the right for saying it (and what could he say that wouldn't attract ridicule from the right?), the president is cor...

5 Myths About Public Employee Pensions

Harold Schaitberger | Posted 09.10.2012 | Money
Harold Schaitberger

About 10,000 Americans a day are turning 65 years old. While Wall Street's 401(k) plans have done nothing to help retirees enjoy their golden years, defined benefit plans are the best way to support retirees and allow them to continue to contribute to their local economies.