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Opinion: Alimony law revision is a step in the right direction


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Bold reform is the only answer to secular stagnation


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HOT BLAST: What if we started school each day at 8:45?


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When Whites Just Don’t Get It


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The case for letting high school students sleep in


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Divisions Grow as a Downturn Rocks Europe


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Eurosclerosis Comes to the U.S.


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Letter: Mass incarceration harmful to America


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Recommendations for Further Reading


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US-The education gap is a main reason for the growing income divide, says Standard & Poor


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High school will keep starting too early. Here’s why.


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If this is a jobs recovery, we have a very low bar


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U.S. legal justice system requires overhaul to reduce incarceration


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America Has a Retirement Spending Problem


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Bridges to Somewhere


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Hey, SEC, A Modest Proposal: Ban ‘Alternative’ Investments


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MTV Public Policy: How 16 and Pregnant Reduced Teen Motherhood


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How the 401k became a $4 trillion key to US retirement


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Michael Brown and Black Men


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The Fed’s Systemic-Risk Balancing Act


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Second-term presidents cost America 40 lost years

"Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread agreement that new measures are necessary, such as immigration, infrastructure and business tax reform. Barack Obama’s administration is condemned as ineffectual with respect to both domestic and foreign policy..."


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Expensive Hospitals Aren’t Any Better

Advisory Council member Peter Orszag explores the argument that more expensive hospitals provide better care, looking at new research that suggests otherwise.


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More Rejoin Labor Force; Jobless Rate Up to 6.2%

Dionne Searcey of The New York Times looks at the latest jobs report, and discusses the "jobs gap" as calcuated by The Hamilton Project.


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More Good Deficit News Coming Medium-Term: Altman

Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Roger Altman discusses Federal Reserve monetary policy and the U.S. economy on “In The Loop.” 


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America’s Real Deficits: Jobs and Infrastructure

In a blog post for The Huffington Post, Rep. John Conyers discusses decline in jobs and infrastructure, and quotes The Hamilton Project's jobs gap.


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Math + Statistics = Great Beach Reading

Advisory Council member Peter Orszag's latest column in Bloomberg View looks at a new book by math professor Jordan Ellengerg.


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Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan’s poverty plan?

Ezra Klein of Vox.com talks with Advisory Council member Bob Greenstein on the matters of Paul Ryan's povery plan.


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Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy

Adivsory Council member Robert E. Rubin discusses the seriousness of climante change and the need for U.S. policymakers to address the issue of global warming.


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Commentary; Chairman Ryan Needs to Play it Straight on Poverty Programs

Advisory Council member Robert Greenstein discusses the new poverty proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.


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Larry Summers: The Economy Hasn’t Grown Rapidly “in a Financially Sustainable Way” for a Long Time

Danny Vinik of the New Republic speaks to Advisory Council member Larry Summers on the state of the U.S. economy.


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B&G Report: a Ruling on Retirees, Bad Government Checks and Slow Press Offices

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene discuss the benefits of using predictive analytics, and reference a new Hamilton Project policy memo outlining the use of data to improve social program services.


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How One UMass Economist Would Set a Boston Area Minimum Wage

Boston Public Radio takes a look at recent Hamilton Project policy memo by Arindrajit Dube on the benefits of implementing a state and local minimum wage policy.


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A Better Way to Bridge the Skills Gap

Traci Donnelly of HBR Blog Network discusses new efforts to provide training for young adults to imrpove their employability. She sites a recent Hamilton Project proposal by Robert Lerman on expanding apprenticeship programs in the United States.


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The Fall of American Vocational Tech

Anne Miller of Ozy discusses the importance of vocational training, citing a new proposal from The Hamilton Project by Sheena McConnell, Irma Perez-Johnson and Jillian Berk.


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US Jobs: Slim Pickings

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. 


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Baby Boomers’ Impact on Participation Rate Big, Expected

USA News takes a look at the recent report released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers on labor force participation, and highlights The Hamilton Project's recent forum featuring remarks from CEA Chairman Furman.


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The Modern American Man, Charted

On NPR's All Things Considered, Serri Graslie takes a look at charts depicting the modern American man. Graslie cites Hamilton Project work by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney on the marriage gap.


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Latest Wrinkle in the Jobs Debate: Blame the Boomers

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. 


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An Unnecessary Fix for the Fed

In a new piece for the Wall Street Journal, Advisory Council member Alan S. Blinder discusses a recent hearing for Federal Reserve reform.


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Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. 


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US CEA: Half of Labor Participation Drop Due to Demographics

On July 17th, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) released a new report about the change in labor force participation and how it relates to the underlying demographic, structural and cyclical trends affecting the labor market. CEA Chairman Jason Furman joined The Hamilton Project to discuss the report and the implications these labor force changes have for outstanding challenges like lowering long-term unemployment, raising wages, and expanding the economy's potential. 


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The Labor Force Won’t Fix Itself

Ben Casselman discusses a recent report from the President's Council of Economic Advisers on labor market trends. The report was released on July 17, and introduced by former Hamilton Project director and current CEA Chairman Jason Furman during a Hamilton Project forum in Washington, D.C.


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The Inverted World of Mobile Capital

Advisory Council member Laura Tyson discusses the growing number of American companies seeking to move headquarters and operations abroad.


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Do-Nothing Congress is Your Fault

In his latest op-ed for Bloomberg View, Advisory Council member Peter Orszag discusses what's driving political polarization.


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Pinching pennies: Americans want to save, but for many, it’s tough

Tim Stuhldreher discusses the U.S. personal savings rate.


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Commentary: Community college has a lot to offer

In this op-ed for the Courier-Post, Dr. Hardee discusses the benefits of investing in a college educaiton, citing work from The Hamilton Project.


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Congress’s head-in-the-sand approach to climate change

The Washington Post looks at efforts by a bipartisan group of economic leaders, including THP Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin, focused on updating environmental legislation.


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Brown: Business community says fully fund MAEP

Cecil Brown cites findings from The Hamilton Project's strategy paper, A Dozen Economic Facts About K-12 Education, in a discussion on the importance of funding public education.


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The Real War on Women

Abby McCloskey and Aparna Mathur discuss how current legislation discourages women in the labor force. The authors highlight a Hamilton Project paper by Melissa S. Kearney and Lesly Turner proposing a secondary-earner tax credit to benefit working families.


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Fmr. U.S. Treasury Secy. Rubin on climate change: “The risk here is catastrophic”

Hamilton Project Advisory Council member Bob Rubin discusses climate change and economic recovery in an interview with Fareed Zakaria. Rubin also speaks about a new report co-authored with Henry Paulson on the future of the environment.


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How is Our Economy Doing? A Conversation with Jason Furman and David Rubenstein

Watch Advisory Council member David Rubenstein and former Hamilton Project director Jason Furman at the Aspen Ideas Festival in a discussion on the state of the economy.


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A Minimum Wage That Makes More Sense

Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains why the new Hamilton Project proposal by Arindrajit Dube on state and local minimum wage policy makes sense.


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Income Inequality and High School Dropout Rates

Salime Furth takes a look at outside working paper by THP director Melissa Kearney and THP author Phillip Levine on the correlation between high school dropout rates and the local gap between the middle class and the lower class.


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Child Care as an Inter generational Solution to Poverty

Abbie Lieberman of EdCentral features new Hamilton Project proposal by James Ziliak which aims to reform the Child-Care Credit to benefit poor families.


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Michael Gerson: The reality conservatives must face, post-Cantor loss

The Topeka Capital-Journal discusses the recent Republican loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and considers policy concerns of conservatives, citing work by The Hamilton Project on immigration.


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Making a Move to Counter Unemployment and Boost Social Mobility

Nancy Cook of the National Journal explores the option of moving unemployed Americans to better labor markets, quoting findings from a Hamilton Project paper about relocating workers.


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Single Indiana mothers second in U.S. for high childcare expenditure earnings

The Elkhart Truth looks at recent work from The Hamilton Project by James Ziliak on the cost of childcare in the United States.


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Economist Calculates Just How Inadequate Your State’s Minimum Wage Is

The Huffington Post takes a closer look at the new Hamilton Project proposal by Arindrajit Dube on minimum wage policy at the state and local levels.


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U.S. Poverty: What Policy Options Do We Have?

Anthea Mitchell takes a look at recent studies and measures of poverty in America, including The Hamilton Project's new volume, Policies to Address Poverty in America.


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Where childcare costs are the most outrageous

Danielle Kurtzlebe of Vox.com features new Hamilton Project work by James Ziliak on where child-care costs are the highest and what can be done to alleviate the costs for working parents.


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Not so fast: Recession complicates effort to measure Maine and nation’s economic recovery

Bangor Daily News looks at economic recovery in the United States, citing information from The Hamilton Project's state-by-state jobs gap chart.


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Bill Clinton calls for fresh ideas, more action to fight poverty in the United States

News Observer features President Bill Clinton's keynote remarks at The Hamilton Project's anti-poverty summit.


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A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job

Eduardo Porter of The New York Times features new Hamilton Project paper by Harry Holzer on incentivizing colleges to provide better training opportunities for disadvantaged students.


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The Surprising Ingredient for Bipartisan Reform: Hit Show ‘Orange Is the New Black’

How does a hit Internet series impact incarceration reform? Mary Clare Reim and Alayna Ackerman discuss how Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' may lead to bipartisan reform on high incarceration as presented by The Hamilton Project's recently released list of economic facts on crime and incarceration in the United States.


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Is the Jobs Picture Finally Back to Normal? Not Really

The Motley Fool features The Hamilton Project's jobs gap report.


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Finding Shock Absorbers for Student Debt

Hamilton Project author Susan Dynarski discusses recent legislation concerning student debt, and references her THP proposal on automatic, income-based loan payment programs.


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The gap between the poor and the middle matters, too

Vox.com features new NBER working paper by Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip Levine on how low socioeconomic status of younge men impacts their high school graduation.


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The Government as Venture Capitalist

Advisory Council member Laura Tyson discusses private activity to address social problems in her latest piece for Project Syndicate.


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Why This Merger Boom is Different

Advisory Council member Peter Orszag discusses the impact of mergers and acquisitions on the economy.


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The rich have advantages that money cannot buy

"The differences between the rich and everyone else are about health and opportunity ," say Advisory Council member Larry Summers in his new piece for The Financial Times.


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Six years later, U.S. finally regains jobs lost in crisis

Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner looks at the recent employment numbers, including the "jobs gap" from The Hamilton Project's jobs gap calculator.


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Lawrence Summers on ‘House of Debt’

New article in the Financial Times by Advisory Council member Larry Summers looks at the importance of the book House of Debt.


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Finally a Chance for Facts to Decide

In a piece for The New York Times, Arindrajit Dube of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst previews his forthcoming Hamilton Project policy memo on minimum wage policy at the state and local levels.


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The Potential Downside of Natural Gas

Matthew L. Wald discusses the potential downside of natural gas, quoting Advisory Council member and former Hamilton Project director Michael Greenstone.


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Rich parents get the biggest child care tax breaks

Dylan Matthews of Vox.com features a new Hamilton Project policy memo by James Ziliak which proposes making reforms to the federal Child and Dependent Care Credit to help needy families.


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Toward a Progressive Tax Policy

Is a progressive consumption tax one solution to global inequality? Advisory Council member Peter Orszag explores in his latest column for Bloomberg View.


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Scholars Weigh in on Mass Incarceration

Tomika L. Anderson from Ebony magazine reviews key take-aways from The Hamilton Project's most recent event, The Social and Economic Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States.


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Why Have Americans Stopped Moving?

Advisory Council member Peter Orszag explores the reasons Americans move across state borders and why the rate for doing so has decreased.


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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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Opinion: Alimony law revision is a step in the right direction

NorthJersey.com • September 15, 2014 • Silvana Raso

“In 2013, 57.2 percent of New Jersey women participated in the labor force. Additionally, a national study by the Hamilton Project found that in nearly 40 percent of American households, married women earn more than their husbands. These two facts make it harder to argue that divorced women are inherently in danger of falling into poverty as a result of their change in marital status, which had been the justification for permanent alimony. - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-alimony-law-revision-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction-1.1088615#sthash.6p7l6poH.dpuf”

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Hamilton Project focus is on maximizing economic value of fisheries to fishing dependent communities

Saving Seafood • September 15, 2014 • Ken Coons

“It was refreshing to attend a fisheries focused meeting last week at the Brookings Institution in D.C. opened by the eminent former Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin. Instead of gloom, he stressed the economic value of fisheries to the U.S. economy and recognized the significant progress the U.S. has made in achieving sustainable fishing of the vast majority of its stocks.”

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House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Hearing

4-traders • September 12, 2014

“Just as alarming--and in stark contrast to the historical pattern of deep recessions being followed by sharp rebounds--more than five years after the Great Recession, annualized economic growth remains a subpar 2 percent and nearly 20 million Americans remain either out of work, underemployed, or have left the workforce discouraged. Indeed, August was the 50th month in the past 51 in which more unemployed Americans left the workforce discouraged than found jobs. According to the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, America will likely not return to pre-recession levels of employment until 2018.”

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Bold reform is the only answer to secular stagnation

The Financial Times • September 8, 2014 • Lawrence Summers

“The economy continues to operate way below any estimate of its potential made before the onset of financial crisis in 2007, with a shortfall of gross domestic product relative to previous trend in excess of $1.5tn, or $20,000 per family of four. As disturbing, the average growth rate of the economy of less than 2 per cent since that time has caused output to fall further and further below previous estimates of its potential.”

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HOT BLAST: What if we started school each day at 8:45?

The Anniston Start • September 3, 2014 • Phillip Tutor

“"The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC, think tank, estimated that starting high school later could lead to students making $17,500 more over the course of their lives because they'd learn more."”

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