The President’s 2019 budget contains a variety of proposals that would reshape policy and reallocate spending across various agencies and policy programs. As the nation debates the pros and cons of these proposals, it is imperative that they be informed by reliable data—data that is often collected and made freely available by the federal statistical agencies. In this blog, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn discusses the merits of sound federal data collection.
The recently released Trump Administration 2019 budget includes forecasts for economic growth that are substantially more positive than most private sector or other government forecasts. In this blog, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh asseses these forecasts.
The President’s 2019 Budget gives a prominent place to infrastructure policy, proposing $100 billion of matching funds to state and local governments, as well as $50 billion in funding for rural infrastructure and $50 billion in other spending. In this blog, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn assesses the Administration's budget proposal for infrastructure policy.
In President Trump’s 2019 budget, he proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would significantly reduce the efficiency and efficacy of the program. In this blog post, Lauren Bauer draws on previous Hamilton Project research to make the case for increasing SNAP benefits and providing rebates on healthy food.
Late last week, Congress agreed to spend an additional $4 billion over the next two years on programs to improve college completion rates. "How should these resources be used?" asks THP author David Deming in this blog post on higher education, featuring research from his recent Hamilton Project policy proposal.
On January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. In his speech, President Trump highlighted the significant growth and progress of the U.S. economy during the last year. While a number of economic indicators are encouraging, many Americans have not benefited from this progress. In this blog, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh lays out several policy issues that have hampered broad-based economic growth.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh and Senior Research Assistant Becca Portman discuss the talent pipeline for STEM fields and how expanding the pipeline to more women and minorities could boost productivity.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh explores the characteristics of poverty in the United States.
In this op-ed, Shambaugh, Nunn, and Portman discuss the barriers that women face in the labor market, arguing that removing these barriers could improve women's lavor force participation, the quality of their labor market opportunities, both of which would contribute to economic growth.
In this article, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh and Policy Director Ryan Nunn address why wages aren't growing in the United States.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh discusses the closing of the jobs gap, the many people in the United States who are still out of work, and what policies can be implemented to help solve these problems.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and AEI Resident Scholar Michael R. Strain discuss the importance of government-collected data in shaping public policy research, specifically the U.S. Census, and argue that the recent lack of funding for the census is short-sighted.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and THP author Jesse Rothstein discuss a recent study examining the effect of raising the minimum wage to $13 per hour in Seattle, Washington. The authors question the conclusions drawn from this study, arguing that it is still too soon to say what the impact might be of raising the minimum wage to this level.
For many children, summer vacation evokes images of their favorite foods: backyard barbecues, fresh farmer’s market produce, s’mores by the campfire and frozen delights from the ice cream truck. However, for the 13 million children in America living in food-insecure households — homes lacking the adequate resources to purchase the food needed for an active, healthy lifestyle — summer vacation offers less relief than it does hunger and uncertainty. In this op-ed, Schanzenbach discusses ways each of us can help to make sure children don't go hungry this summer.
An oft-repeated observation is that government works best when it is closest to the people. But when local and state governments are unduly influenced by special interests, the people may benefit from the checks and balances of the federal government. The Federal Trade Commission furnishes a striking recent example, writes Ryan Nunn and Matthew Mitchell.
On June 28, 2017, Hamilton Project director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce on "Exploring Opportunities to Strengthen Education Research While Protecting Student Privacy."
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Rose Hall Montessori School Director Stephanie Howard Larson summarize their research finding that redshirting at the kindergarten level bestows few benefits and exacts some substantial costs. The authors note that both research and experience suggest that the gains that accrue from being an older student are likely to be short-lived.
In this blog, The Hamilton Project examines how food insecurity affects children in the United States and policies that can help alleviate this problem.
In this Washington Post opinion blog, Hamilton Project Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow Robert E. Rector debate whether the Trump Administration's proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are justified.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn discusses the growing employer abuse of non-compete clauses, which contributes to the supression of wage growth. To the extent that firms are successful in reducing worker bargaining power, Nunn notes, it may be the taxpayer who is called upon to make up the difference for low-wage workers.
The difficult realities and constraints facing the U.S. federal budget, coupled with the evident value of investing in children and families, raise a complex question for the Trump Administration and Congress: how should we determine our nation’s spending priorities? In anticipation of the President's proposal for its fiscal year 2018 budget, The Hamilton Project offers this analysis.
In this blog post, we examine our economic analysis and interactive tool, "Putting Your Major to Work: Career Paths after College," exploring how college majors and occupations interact to produce a wide range of labor market outcomes. Using psychology as an illustrative example of choice of major, we trace possible career outcomes.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn revisits a old policy proposal by economists Shavell and Weiss that would change the payment structure of unemployment insurance benefits in order to improve the functioning of this important labor market institution.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—and primarily CO2 emissions—have meaningfully contributed to the warming the globe has experienced so far, and are expected to cause a damaging level of warming in coming decades. However, it remains uncertain whether policy makers around the world will be successful in responding to the threat of climate change. In this blog, the authors explore the role of the U.S. as a net carbon dioxide importer and evaluate how policy actions following the 2015 Paris Agreement are expected to mitigate growth in global GHG emissions.