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PODCAST: A Better Public Health Approach to Tobacco

For those concerned about nicotine addiction and tobacco consumption, a ban on flavored tobacco might sound like a good idea. But as Nkechi Taifa explains in this week's PPI Podcast, such bans are going to almost entirely fall onto minority communities. Several states are considering or have already banned flavored tobacco. Nkechi Taifa agrees with…

Repairing Credit: The Right Way to Fix a Broken System

If you think your credit report is accurate, there is a good chance you are wrong. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one in five Americans has a potentially material error in their credit file, and one of the biggest contributors is medical bills—with half of all medical bills containing an error. In fact,…

The App Economy in Canada

La version française est ci-dessous. The global App Economy started in 2007, when Apple introduced the first iPhone. Apple’s opening of the App Store in 2008 – followed by Android Market (later renamed Google Play), Blackberry App World (later renamed Blackberry World) and other app stores – created a way for developers to write mobile applications…

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Report Calls for New National Commitment, Vigorous Response to Hunger and Malnutrition in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new brief released today from the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) targets the federal response to the hunger crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. It discusses the valuable policies contained in President Biden’s recent executive orders and the proposed American Rescue Plan legislation and also identifies additional policies to address hunger, including reducing…

The Progressive Way to Slash Child Poverty

On Monday, congressional Democrats unveiled a proposal to dramatically expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC), one of the bigger policies in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. On the same day, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) gave the concept bipartisan backing by offering a Republican proposal for turning the CTC into an expanded child allowance. Both proposals would raise the current benefit from…

The Trump Party’s war on reality

The perverse joke at the heart of so-called reality TV is that it is totally fake — full of cartoonish heroes and villains and contrived dramas. Just like pro wrestling, the Trump presidency, and this week’s Republican National Convention. It was a slickly produced, flag-bedecked exercise in mass delusion. In the squalid, everyday reality of…

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Biden should ease access to key opioid treatment

From May 2019 to May 2020 the CDC reported over 81,000 overdose deaths from opioids in the United States, the biggest annual death toll to date. In a belated effort to mitigate the crisis, the Trump administration changed regulations to make it easier to access the opioid treatment drug buprenorphine in the waning days of…

The Latest in Social Science Research

Earlier this month, I attended the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), organized by the American Economic Association, on behalf of PPI. The three-day conference featured hundreds of presentations and papers on economics and social science research and was held virtually this year, sparing me a frigid trip to Chicago. The three…

SEC in Focus: Lack of Diversity Among Asset Managers

In July 16 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a discussion on improving diversity and inclusion within the asset management industry. The SEC doesn’t have a long history of using its powers to focus on diversity, but SEC Chairman Jay Clayton sounded an optimistic note: “We should continue to ask ourselves how we want participation and representation in…