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The Lesson of Moore

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

No amount of money can prevent tornadoes, but the lack of a storm shelter can be seen as a cautionary tale, not different from a collapsed bridge that has not been properly maintained, or a derailed train running on used-up tracks.

Growing After the Crisis: Boosting Productivity in Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries continue to face important challenges in boosting productivity growth in the difficult post-crisis environment, but also many opportunities to eliminate poverty and create shared prosperity.

Africa Investing in Africa

Richard Attias | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Big changes are needed if Africans are truly to benefit from the rich resources of their own continent. But those changes have begun, and I am optimistic about what the future holds.

Let's At Least Have a Sensible Tax Structure When It Comes to Infrastructure

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Christopher H. Lee

At a time of stagnant economic growth and dismal job prospects, especially for the youngest members of the workforce, real investment in infrastructure has the potential to create employment opportunities, spur economic growth and ensure that this country remains competitive.

2013: The Year of Public-Private Partnerships

Michael Deane | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Michael Deane

f the first four months of the year are any indication, we may look back on 2013 as the year of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Feds Hurting Economy With Move Against Municipal Bonds

Tom Cochran | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Cochran

Buried in the pages of President Obama's most recent budget proposal is a provision that stands to severely undermine the economic health of local communities across the country.

Until Subnational Debt Do Us Part

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The subnational debt market in some developing countries has been going through a notable transformation. Private capital is emerging to play an important role and subnational bonds increasingly competing with traditional bank loans.

Fueled by Tolling, Innovation Stems From Our Local Communities

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Patrick D. Jones

The funding crunch facing America's transportation infrastructure has made it crucial for our cities, counties, states and regions to find innovative ways of funding our mobility.

Obama & Buffett Bullish on P3s

Michael Likosky | Posted 04.04.2013 | Miami
Michael Likosky

Last week was a big one for public-private-partnerships: On Friday, President Obama fleshed out his partnership plan, which he had announced during t...

The Biggest Republican Lie -- 'America Is Broke'

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

America is not broke. We are not in a time of "scarcity" and when we buy into this fallacy, we contribute to political decisions that actually will do damage to our standard of living and that of our children.

How Fix It First Might Help the GOP Save Itself

Amy B. Dean | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Obama's override of congressional gridlock to invest in infrastructure might be the best thing to happen to Republicans in a long time.

Time for Change -- Shifting Energy Spending in Africa

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Antoinette Sayeh

For many years, countries in sub-Saharan Africa have spent large amounts on subsidizing fuel and electricity. For both sources of energy combined, this averages around 3-4 percent of GDP. Is this a good use of scarce resources?

Subsidizing Energy Consumption: Why it's Wrong and What Can Be Done About it

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

Let's face it. Everybody loves cheap energy. Almost all human activities require energy consumption and, if something is so basic, it seems pretty obv...

Nature's Silent Currency

Giulio Boccaletti | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Giulio Boccaletti

Unfortunately -- as we stare down a future that may require as much as 40 percent more water than today's accessible supply -- our traditional process is proving increasingly unsustainable.

Budgeting for Job Creation and Economic Growth

Lawrence Mishel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Mishel

Too often our recent macroeconomic policy decisions and debates have been steered by a misguided obsession with deficit reduction. Instead, as the Back to Work budget does, we need to let our nation's needs guide us and find the revenue sources and defense savings that enable us to achieve our goals.

Trade: The World Is Not Flat Yet

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It's true that innovations like containerized shipping have reduced transportation costs for physical goods, but trade remains hampered by remaining costly-to-cross hills and canyons.

Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.

How the World Bank Undermines Its Own Development Goals

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank cannot afford to waste public resources on approaches that have failed in the past, and campaign groups will be closely watching the IDA negotiations that begin in Paris this week.

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Ecosystems perform a wide variety of important services for free. But many of these ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed by human development. Now, communities need to put nature back to work.

Will The Bay Lights Inspire Other Cities to Merge Art With Technology? (VIDEO)

Greg Archer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Greg Archer

The Bay Lights is a living, moving example of how art can help transform a city -- on many fronts -- and it certainly illuminates the importance of public art, in general.

What States Can Teach Us About Tolling

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

By taking a more permissive approach to highway tolling -- not as a mandate but as one tool in a wider toolbox of transportation funding options -- Congress can give its blessing to a trend that has already taken root in 34 states.

Tell Dems: Vote for Back to Work Budget -- And Win in 2014

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Despite a presidential campaign that revolved a lot on who had the better jobs plan, the political debate in Washington, driven by the party that lost the presidency, is once again dominated by the question of which party has the best plan to cut deficits. But Democrats should not forget that voters still care most about jobs.

Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.

10 New Railroad Boom Towns

Posted 03.13.2013 | Travel

Last week, as congressional leaders announced a plan to reauthorize funding for railroads across America, a new Brookings Institution study showed tha...

What We're Hearing: IBTTA Highway Finance Campaign is Moving America Forward

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

Anytime you undertake a major public campaign, you're quickly reminded that listening is even more important than speaking.