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The German Wages Problem -- A World Problem

  • By Joerg Bibow, Skidmore College
June 14, 2013

Germany and Europe at large have suffered from chronically high unemployment for all or most of the time since the 1980s. The conventional wisdom of American economists and media commentators alike offers a clear-cut diagnosis of this long-standing malaise. Often repeated and never questioned, the verdict is that European labor markets are too rigid, the old continent’s welfare systems overly generous, and wages too high. In short, European labor is simply too expensive, and employees are pricing themselves out of work as a result.

Promoting Data in the Classroom

  • By
  • Clare McCann,
  • Jennifer Cohen Kabaker,
  • New America Foundation
June 4, 2013

This report explores the use of student achievement data to improve classroom instruction. The paper, Promoting Data in the Classroom: Innovative State Models and Missed Opportunities, highlights examples from two states, Oregon and Delaware, of federally funded, state-driven efforts to equip teachers with the tools they need to utilize student data.

APPENDIX: How Dangerous are Freed Guantanamo Prisoners?

June 5, 2014

As of June 5, 2014, 620 Guantanamo prisoners have been released or transferred abroad. Of those 620, we have identified 54 who are either confirmed to be or suspected of engaging in militant activities against either the U.S. or non-U.S. targets. We have placed them in the following categories:

Category 1: GTMO detainees confirmed to be engaging in militant activities against U.S. targets.

TOTAL: 15, 2.4%

The Next Social Contract: An American Agenda for Reform

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
June 10, 2013

The American social contract is in crisis. Even before the Great Recession exposed its inadequacy, it was clear that the existing American social contract — the system of policies and institutions designed to provide adequate incomes and economic security for all Americans — needed to be reformed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. What is needed is not mere incremental tinkering, but rather rethinking and reconstruction. Policies that have worked should be expanded, while others that have failed should be replaced.

Undermining Pell

  • By
  • Stephen Burd,
  • New America Foundation
May 8, 2013

Nearly fifty years ago, the federal government committed itself to removing the financial barriers that prevent low-income students from enrolling in and completing colleges. For years, colleges complemented the government's efforts by using their financial aid resources to open the doors to the neediest students. But those days appear to be in the past.

Renewing the American Social Contract: A New Vision for Improving Economic Security

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Greg Anrig, The Century Foundation; Steven Attewell, University of California -- Santa Barbara; Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Bruce Bartlett, The Fiscal Times; Lauren Damme, New America Foundation; Steven Hill, Author and Researcher; Robert Hiltonsmith, Demos; Mike Konczal, Roosevelt Institute; Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect and Demos; Peter Lindert, University of California - Davis; Jeff Madrick, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis; Steven Teles, Johns Hopkins University; Bruce Stokes, Pew Research Center; Ron Unz, The American Conservative
April 29, 2013

The Case for Strengthening Personal Networks in California Local Government

  • By
  • Rachel Burstein,
  • New America Foundation
April 2, 2013

The term “innovation” is often applied to products emerging from the private sector. When innovation is discussed in the context of government, commentators generally concentrate on achievements at the federal level. The popular press rarely devotes attention to innovation in local government, or examines innovation as a process, rather than an output. Yet cities and counties have the capacity to engage and impact wide sectors of the public through innovative policies, practices and programs; many are already doing just that.

Expanded Social Security

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Robert Hiltonsmith, Demos
April 3, 2013

Executive Summary
The conventional wisdom about Social Security is profoundly misguided. According to today’s mistaken consensus, the U.S. as a society cannot afford to allocate the money to pay for the present level of Social Security benefits for retirees in future generations. The solution, it is widely argued, is to cut benefits – either directly by means-testing or indirectly by raising the retirement age or allowing inflation to erode their real value over time. In this narrative, tax-favored private savings vehicles like 401(k)s and IRAs should be expanded in order to compensate for the allegedly necessary cuts in Social Security.

TESTIMONY: After the Withdrawal

March 21, 2013

This past Saturday, March 16, 2013 marked an extraordinary moment in Pakistan’s history, as this is the first time that a civilian government has served its entire five-year term (from 2008 to 2013). And, for the first time in its history, the Pakistani military appears both unwilling and unable to mount a coup against any civilian government. The military has mounted four coups since Pakistan’s independence in 1947.

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