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Economic Policy

It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid

Steven Conn | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Perhaps the disconnect between what the economy seems to be doing and the way people feel about it is that many don't necessarily agree that our economic condition and our overall happiness are the same thing.

What Democrats Stand For: Four Messages for 2016

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It shouldn't be difficult for Democrats to remember what they stand for. These four messages support populist values. They also serve to differentiate the likely Democratic presidential candidate from any Republican.

Jason Linkins

The 2014 Election Was About The Economy, And Democrats Have Only Themselves To Blame

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you want to examine the gnarled roots of the Democrats' 2014 election-night mollywhopping, you should cast your mind back to the fall...

Raising the Minimum Wage

Erica Payne | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Erica Payne

A minimum wage increase will positively affect a sizable portion of the population, will have a moderate stimulative effect on the economy, and will be easily affordable. And by indexing it to inflation as the Harkin-Miller bill suggests, it would ensure that low income American workers would not risk seeing their wages eroded during the next recession.

Economic Happy Talk and the Politics of Denial

Joel Berg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Democrats can't seem to get their message straight about the economy. Is it soaring because of the visionary leadership of President Obama, or failing because of the intransigence of Congressional Republicans?

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Attacked By Club For Growth For Supporting Export-Import Bank

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Club For Growth is targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with a web video attacking her support for the Export-Import Bank, inte...

The Tradeoff Between Inflation and Unemployment: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

To assert that economists are having trouble figuring out the relationship between inflation and unemployment is like saying chefs can't figure out what to do with salt and pepper. It's that fundamental. Yet, we're befuddled, and that has powerful policy implications.

Which Side Are You On? Inequality and the Case for Unions

Tim Koechlin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense. Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

What Can Foreign Investment Really Do for Your Country?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

They generate benefits that go beyond their own businesses -- in technical jargon, they generate "spill-overs" for the rest of the economy. But, what evidence do we have that these spill-overs really exist?

Digital Democracy: Bipartisanship in the Obama Era

Joe Singh | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Joe Singh

There has been a paradigm shift. The expectation of representation has morphed from a law of averages to a demand for gratification.

The Phantom Menace: New Report Doubles Down on 'Tax Migration' Myth

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business
Gordon MacInnes

"Exodus on the Parkway," a new 36-page paper on the impact of tax rates on New Jersey's economic health begins by noting that it "does not provide pro...

Shine on You Crazy Dimon!

Steven Conn | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

A world in which corporate boards really believe that they owe nothing to the public is not just a world which results in obscene payouts to Jamie Dimon and his buds. It is a hermetically sealed bubble in which boards fundamentally don't understand their relationship to the rest of us.

Manufacturing Jobs Remain an Imperative -- And We Still Need Millions More

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Right now, with the U.S. manufacturing sector employing less than 10 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, the sector is not even half the size it needs to be for our nation to again have a balanced, high-growth economy.

States Have the Power to Create Economic Opportunity -- And Show Congress the Way Forward

Andrea Levere | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Without policy interventions at all levels of government, far too many families will remain stuck in place -- barely managing to save enough to cover emergencies and with little or no hope of investing in the future. It doesn't have to be that way.

Winner Take All: Soaring Inequality in the U.S. and Why It Matters

Tim Koechlin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

For more than three decades, the U.S. has been suffering from a crisis of inequality. The Democrats have not taken this crisis seriously enough. The Republicans seem hell-bent on making it worse.

Climate Change: The Wrong Top Priority for Environmentalists and Conservation Professionals

Brian Czech | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

Let's start with a disclaimer: Climate change is one of the biggest threats of the 21st century, and it is an issue that warrants substantial attention. The crux of the matter is how much to prioritize it. Priorities have to be balanced, and the current balance is way out of kilter.

Diminishing Confidence in Economic Policies

John Lipsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
John Lipsky

I think the reasons for this diminishing confidence are threefold: the reach and intensity of the crisis; the sluggish pace of recovery since then; and the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on economic policies.

GOP Logic: These 9 New Laws of Reality Explain Everything

Spencer Critchley | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Wake up, Aristotle, logic is over! Now we have GOP Logic, and it explains everything. Just learn these nine new laws, and all will become clear.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.

Guideposts on the Road Back to Factville, 2013 Edition

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We at CBPP make a lot of revealing graphs. But I've chosen the ones that I think shine the brightest light on the path back to smart fiscal and economic policy.

Duck Dynasty, the Green Party, and Steady Statesmanship

Brian Czech | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

Protect the environment and all the awesome potential of the United States can be achieved. Lose focus on the environment and the rug will be pulled from posterity's future. It won't matter if the grandkids are gay, duck hunters, or America's Idol. They're all gonna need clean air...

Giving Thanks for Small Things: A Little Light in the Dark Corridors of Power

Jeff Faux | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

It should be no surprise that it has taken so long for a prominent member of the American policy elite to suggest openly to his colleagues that the core assumption upon which they have been managing the economic crisis might be dead wrong.