Labor

Interview with Dr. Alice Rivlin (Part I): On Apple’s Profits, Economies of Agglomeration, and the Future of the American Workforce

GPPReview Online’s Rob Wood recently sat down with Dr. Alice Rivlin, founding Director of the Congressional Budget Office, former Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, and current Co-Director of the Greater Washington Research Program at the Brookings Institution. We discussed Apple, agglomeration, federal…

Interview with Jennifer Granholm: On Infrastructure Investment, AmeriCorps Expansion, and the Need for the Media to call out Obstructionists

Interview editor Ingrid Stegemoeller recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan. Jennifer Granholm  shares a few thoughts on the labor market and the recovery, and how Michigan offers a blueprint for other states. She also talks about her different experiences between the Bush and Obama administrations in getting things done…

This Valentine’s Day: Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are

By Adeline Lambert This article originally appeared on Policymic. It’s rather difficult to think about Valentine’s Day without the holiday’s two major selling products: flowers and chocolate. In a recently released survey about Valentine’s Day spending, the National Retail Federation reported that 47.5% of adults buy candy for Valentine’s Day, and 34.3% buy flowers. It is…

The Wisconsin Debate – The Basics and Implications of Public Sector Collective Bargaining Legislation

By Amanda Huffman Wisconsin’s recently passed legislation to limit public workers’ collective bargaining rights has ignited a fiery debate over public sector union power in the United States. Despite the complexity of unions in this country, the discussion is often boiled down to a political faceoff between anti-union conservatives and pro-union liberals. Regrettably, such simplification…

A Call for Innovation: Maintaining America’s “Software” While Pooling Global Talent

By Elizabeth Laferriere In the State of the Union address President Barack Obama challenged his countrymen to “out-innovate” the rest of the world and “make America the best place on Earth to do business.” His emotive rhetoric appealed to the perception of America’s entrepreneurial spirit: “what we can do – what America does better than…

Healthy Debt Debate

by Chris Hildebrand The Congressional Budget Office released its January 2011 Economic Outlook on Wednesday, and the news was…not good. While the economy showed continued signs of recovery, it will be several years before unemployment returns to a level resembling normal – unemployment won’t dip below 8% until after 2012 has come and gone. Of…

A Walmart Manager, a Farmer, and a Bodega Owner Walk into a City Planner’s Office: Food Deserts, Urban Agriculture, and Nutrition in the City

by Scott Baumgartner The first Walmart in the city of Chicago opened in 2006 following a bitter fight between supporters, including Mayor Richard Daley, and opponents, including the zoning board, who showed their opposition by passing a bill that would have required Walmart to pay its Chicago employees a base wage of $13 per hour….