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Blog Post Aug 14, 2015

Morris Kleiner Comments on White House Report about Occupational Licensing

In July 2015 the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Economic Policy, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the U.S. Department of Labor issued an impressive and extremely well documented report entitled "Occupational Licensing: A Framework for Policymakers." Recent Hamilton Project author Morris Kleiner comments on the positives and shortcomings of the report, and draws comparisons with his Hamilton Project policy proposal released in March.

Blog Post Jan 28, 2015

Nearly 30 Percent of Workers in the U.S. Need a License to Perform Their Job: It Is Time to Examine Occupational Licensing Practices

Nearly 30 percent of workers in the U.S. need a license to perform their job. It is important to realize that occupational licenses are not mere state-sponsored certificates to signal that workers have completed some level of training; occupational licensing laws forbid people from practicing in their occupation without meeting state requirements.

Policy Response Jan 21, 2015

Policy Response to the 2015 State of the Union Address

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama emphasized the need to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American: especially low- and middle-income citizens.  The Hamilton Project highlights policy proposals that are most relevant to the goals and ideas explicitly promoted in the speech and reflective of the current policy context. These proposals offer smart, actionable ways forward on each of the particular policy goals. 

Blog Post Jan 9, 2015

Promoting Educational Advancement and Skill Development through Community Colleges

In previously released work, The Hamilton Project has emphasized that individuals who obtain college-level education have notably higher earnings than those with lower levels of education. Accordingly, The Hamilton Project has commissioned a series of papers in recent years describing opportunities to strengthen community college programs and vocational training, presented in this blog post as an overview.

Blog Post Sep 23, 2014

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Details Economic Costs of Climate Change at Hamilton Project Forum

"As an economic matter, the cost of inaction or delay is far greater than the cost of action" on climate change, said U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew in a forum hosted by The Hamilton Project yesterday. Secretary Lew was joined by former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Michael Greenstone, The Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, to explore the economics of climate change, and the potential costs of inaction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Blog Post Sep 5, 2014

A Tale of Two Jobs Gaps: Private-Sector Recovery and Public-Sector Stagnation

In a new blog post, The Hamilton Project explores America’s “jobs gap,” or the number of jobs that the U.S. economy needs to create in order to return to pre-recession employment levels. As of the end of August 2014, our nation faces a jobs gap of 5.6 million jobs. We also explore the divergence in public-and private-sector job gains; the private sector has seen 54 straight months of payroll gains totally 10.0 million jobs, while the public sector has lost more than half a million jobs over the same period.

Blog Post Sep 3, 2014

Economic Contributions of the U.S. Fishing Industry

A founding principle of The Hamilton Project’s economic strategy is that long-term prosperity is best achieved in a changing global economy by promoting sustainable, broadly shared economic growth. One important way to fulfill the goals of this strategy is to encourage the efficient use of our nation’s natural resources. This fall, The Hamilton Project will release new papers and host forums on this topic, with a specific focus on U.S. fisheries in September, and on America’s water crisis in October.