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The Purpose Economy 100

Melissa Kearney honored in Purpose Economy's Top 10 Policy Pioneer List for her work on prize-linked savings.


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Testimony of Melissa S. Kearney

The Hamilton Project Director, Melissa S. Kearney testifies before the Joint Economic Committee on income inequality in the United States.


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Why stagnation might prove to be the new normal

Advisory Council member Larry Summers offers explainations for the stagnant American and global economic growth.


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Raising the Minimum Wage: Old Shibboleths, New Evidence

Advisory Council member Laur D'Andrea Tyson looks at the economic effects of raising the minimum wage.


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Universities honored for diversity and inclusion initiatives: Higher Education roundup

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Karen Farkas discussed a new Hamilton Project discussion paper “Loans for Educational Opportunity: Making Borrowing Work for Today’s Students ,” in which Susan Dynarski and Daniel Kreisman argue that the current system allows reasonable levels of debt to grow into crippling payment burdens that can prevent young workers from attaining financial independence and stability. They propose a new, income-based repayment system for federal student loans, where payments automatically rise and fall with a borrower’s income.


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Five myths about college debt

This week in the Washington Post, Stanford Provost John Etchemendy and Vivek Wadhwa explored some common misconceptions about student debt. Etchemendy and Wadhwa highlighted data from The Hamilton Project’s “Is Starting College and Not Finishing Really That Bad?” on the return to college compared with other investments.


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Md.‘s job base returns to pre-recession levels

This week in the Baltimore Sun, Jamie Smith Hopkins discussed The Hamilton Project’s state-by-state jobs gap with former Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone.   


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An Ivy League Education Can Be Surprisingly Cheap

This week in Business Insider, Mandi Woodruff discussed the difference between the sticker price of college and the net cost. She highlighted findings from a recent Hamilton Project discussion paper, “Informing Students about Their College Options: A Proposal for Broadening the Expanding College Opportunities Project,” in which Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner present a strategy for improving college outcomes for high-achieving, low-income students.


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Reclaiming the Title “Land of Opportunity”

In a recent column in the Huffington Post, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore provides highlights findings from The Hamilton Project’s recent discussion paper,  “Informing Students about Their College Options: A Proposal for Broadening the Expanding College Opportunities Project.” He also recounts discussions from  a panel discussion, in which he participated, at The Hamilton Project’s recent event “The Economic Imperative of Expanding College Opportunity.”


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Wealth gap limits equality of education

In an article in the Boston Globe, Megan Woolhouse quotes Hamilton Project Director Michael Greenstone on a new Hamilton Project policy memo, “Thirteen Economic Facts About Social Mobility and the Role of Education.” 


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Obama Makes Wise Choice to Delay Insurance Mandate

In his latest Bloomberg View column, Advisory Council member Peter Orszag discusses the Obama administration’s recent announcement that it would  delay implementation of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.


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The Myriad Benefits of a Carbon Tax

Advisory Council member Laura D’Andrea Tyson discusses a Hamilton Project proposal, “The Many Benefits of a Carbon Tax,” by Adele C. Morris of the Brookings Institution.


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Inequality and Mobility, Again

Jared Bernstein discusses a new Hamilton Project policy memo, “Thirteen Economic Facts About Social Mobility and the Role of Education.”


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Granting Undocumented Immigrants Citizenship Would Boost Economy, 75 Percent Of Americans Say

The Huffington Post discusses findings from The Hamilton Project’s “Ten Economic Facts About Immigration” on the effects of immigrants on wages.


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Jobs Report Reax: Treading Water

Andrew Sullivan cites The Hamilton Project’s jobs gap calculator in an article on the latest employment report. 


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Testimony of Adam Looney

Hamilton Project Policy Director Adam Looney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on the role of tax reform in supporting broad-based economic growth and fiscal responsibility.


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Austerity Has Cost The U.S. Economy 2.2 Million Jobs: Study

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Mark Gongloff discusses findings from The Hamilton Project’s latest employment analysis, “Should the United States Have 2.2 Million More Jobs?”


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How Our Incredible Shrinking Government Raises Unemployment and Hurts the Recovery

Today in The Atlantic, Derek Thompson discusses findings from The Hamilton Project’s latest employment analysis, “Should the United States Have 2.2 Million More Jobs?” In the analysis, the Project explores the trajectory of public-sector employment since the Great Recession. The findings show that if the policy response to this recession had been similar to the response after other recent recessions, the economy would have about 2.2 million more jobs today.


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Why not measure how well government works?

Washington Post’s Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews previewed new Hamilton Project papers: "Building on Recent Advances in Evidence-Based Policymaking," by Jeffrey Liebman, and "Using Data to Improve the Performance of Workforce Training," by Louis Jacobson and Robert LaLonde.


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15 Budget Ideas That Are Better Than Sequester Plan

In his column in Bloomberg View and Washington Post, Ezra Klein highlights The Hamilton Project’s “15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget.”


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Washington gridlock stalling economy, former Treasury head Rubin says in Athens

Online Athens • April 22, 2014 • Lee Shearer

Co-founder of The Hamilton Project and Advisory Council member Robert Rubin spoke about income inequality at the University of Georgia this week.

“The nation’s economic health could be improved with a combination of stimulus and long-term fiscal discipline, but sensible economic policies are not likely to come out of the nation’s capital at this time, said Rubin, who served as Treasury secretary during Bill Clinton’s presidency. A former highly paid Citigroup banker and now co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rubin is also a co-founder of The Hamilton Project, a think tank for economic policy.”

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Will 2014 End up like 1914?

The Huffington Post • April 22, 2014 • Larry Summers

Earlier this month, Advisory Council member Larry Summers accepted the Canadian International Council’s Globalist of the Year Award. See comments from his speech in The Huffington Post.

“2014 is a year, if you think about it correctly, of anniversaries. It is the 100th anniversary of 1914, a moment when the world mismanaged itself and reaped the legacy of its mismanagement in as terrible a way as has ever occurred. A weary leading power, Britain, failed to act wisely and consistently in the face of a rising authoritarian German economic machine.”

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Sometimes Brand-Name Drugs Really Are Better

Bloomberg View • April 22, 2014 • Peter Orszag

In his column for Bloomberg View, Advisory Council member Peter Orszag explores the health and economic questions on buying brand-name or generic drugs. 

“When you go to the pharmacy for aspirin, do you buy Bayer or the private-label generic alternative offered by chains such as CVS? The price for Bayer's version is more than twice that of CVS's, yet the active ingredient is exactly the same. The choice may seem trivial, but it provides insight into larger economic and health questions.”

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Improving the Odds for America’s Children

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities • April 21, 2014 • Arloc Sherman

Advisory Council member Robert Greenstein co-authors a chapter exploring the last 40 years of anti-poverty policies for children in a newly published book by the Harvard Education Press called “Improving the Odds for America’s Children.” 

“The safety net has been more effective than critics suggest, the Center’s Robert Greenstein, Sharon Parrott, and I explain in a chapter for Improving the Odds for America’s Children, which Harvard Education Press has just published. For our chapter, we reviewed the last 40 years of anti-poverty policies for children and offered ideas for future decades. ”

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3 Questions: Michael Greenstone on the experimental method in environmental economics

MIT News • April 17, 2014 • Peter Dizikes

Advisory Council member and former Hamilton Project director Michael Greenstone discusses experimental method in environmental economics with MIT news. 

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