Topic: Economic Growth and Productivity

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Bipartisan support emerges for expanding apprenticeship

By Robert Lerman  ::  February 27th, 2015

Republican and Democratic leaders have long agreed on the goals of expanding economic opportunity and upward mobility and of rapid economic growth. Now, both sides are finding common ground on one of the best means to achieving these goals—expanding apprenticeships. This week, Senators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) introduced a bill […]

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Philanthropy and government underscore a framework for resilience in the face of disaster

By Matthew Johnson  ::  February 19th, 2015

When disaster strikes, the affected communities don’t want to get caught unprepared for the recovery ahead, said philanthropy and government leaders speaking at an Urban Institute event held at the National Building Museum on Thursday. And building the resilience to recover from disaster requires thinking about physical as well as social dimensions, they added. “These […]

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Las Vegas in 2030: Exploring the possibilities for population growth and change

By Allison Stolte  ::  February 10th, 2015

The US population grew by almost 1 percent each year over the first decade of the millennium, and will continue to grow in the future. But what does this growth actually look like? And how will it affect our future? The story is different across local areas. Between 2000 and 2010, for example, the Las Vegas […]

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Breaking down barriers to help boys and young men of color succeed

By Margaret Simms  ::  February 4th, 2015

Boys and young men of color constitute 46 percent of all males under the age of 25 in the United States. As such, they should be considered a precious resource since they are or will be a significant part of our labor force and the fathers of the next generation of children. However, in many […]

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Could the president’s budget put us on an optimistic path for long-term growth?

By Zach McDade  ::  February 3rd, 2015

With the release of President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal, much of the conversation inside the Beltway will be about politics: specifically, how Republican control of Congress may have affected what’s in the budget and whether the proposals have even a chance of passing. At Urban Institute’s 26th annual Roundtable on the President’s Budget, economic […]

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Can Washington, DC be a little more like Utah?

By Rolf Pendall  ::  February 2nd, 2015

Back in the mid-1990s, a group of civic leaders in Salt Lake City looked out over the Wasatch Front and worried about what they saw. Even though economic growth had created many opportunities for Utahns and attracted unprecedented numbers of migrants from other states and nations, there were also costs. Traffic was becoming unbearable. Air […]

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President Obama's middle class tax message in the State of the Union

By Eugene Steuerle  ::  January 22nd, 2015

Versions of this post originally appeared on Gene Steuerle’s Government We Deserve Blog and on the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center’s TaxVox blog. President Obama’s tax proposals for the middle class were a key element of his State of the Union address. But they represent only relatively modest efforts to create subsidies through the tax code rather […]

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Projecting our country’s demographic future: The truth may be stranger than fiction

By Kait Hildner  ::  January 21st, 2015

For months, my colleagues and I worked to build a population projection tool called Mapping America’s Futures. As we reviewed the results from different assumptions, we came across some implausible outcomes. Was there a problem in the coding, in the assumptions? Can the population of a commuting zone, for example, really grow to 1.5 times […]

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Thinking about our country's demographic future: Projections and policy

By Pam Blumenthal  ::  January 20th, 2015

In the last two weeks, President Obama has identified several new policies to address national challenges, such as making mortgage loans more affordable by lowering FHA premiums and increasing access to education by offering free tuition at community colleges. Immigration reform is occurring through administrative action while the potential for legislative action continues. These and […]

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