Secretary Clinton made a bold statement in her speech in Toledo, Ohio this week: “It’s time to rewrite the rules and make this economy fair for everyone.” Here at Roosevelt, we couldn’t agree more. But what exactly does she mean? And how do both presidential candidates measure up to our vision to rewrite the rules

Although presidential debates do play an informative role, they are presented and consumed primarily as entertainment, and Monday’s debate was no different. Unfortunately, that means the candidates touched only lightly, or not at all, on topics of great importance. Exhibit A: The Federal Reserve. Full disclosure: I’m an economic policy nerd who supports the Fed’s

How easy would it be for a President Trump to reverse trade liberalization? Pretty easy, as a new Peterson Institute report argues, and as I argued to Justin Wolfers in today’s New York Times. As the study show, tariff commitments can be reversed for national security purposes. Trade deals decades old could be exited by

Yesterday’s news that Bayer Pharmaceuticals will purchase the agribusiness giant Monsanto for $66 billion—pending regulatory review—adds fuel to the growing fire of skepticism about current antitrust policy. It follows the announcement of two other megadeals in the same broad industry: DuPont’s merger with Dow Chemical and China National Chemical Corporation’s acquisition of Syngenta. All six

The gig economy, also known as the sharing or on-demand economy, has captured the attention of the media and policymakers for good reason: The changing nature of work raises a number of tricky questions about how the rules of our economy, ranging from labor to education to the social safety net, should respond and evolve.

Will TPP Stop China’s Rise?

A major thrust of President Obama’s pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP, is geopolitical. As the president himself put it last year, The world has changed. The rules are changing with it. The United States, not countries like China, should write them. Let’s seize this opportunity, pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership and make sure

This week the Movement for Black Lives released a comprehensive and intersectional policy platform that aims to radically alter the rules—i.e., the policies, practices, and institutions—that undergird the persistent inequities and injustices experienced by black Americans. The new platform is the product of a collaboration between more than 50 organizations representing thousands of individuals from across the

Donald Trump recently made headlines for threatening to pull out of the World Trade Organization, or WTO. The proposal by the Republican presidential candidate would be a major break with the past. The 163-country pact has structured trading relations for over two decades, and a predecessor agreement goes back to roots in the 1940s. What

When you acknowledge that issues are complex, the need for complex solutions also becomes clear. The field of economics has shifted in recent decades toward the use of empirical statistical study to understand how humans and societies actually behave, not just how theories predict they will behave. This shift, as economist Eric Beinhocker has documented,

I wanted to make sure you saw this week’s New York Times Magazine cover story chronicling the Roosevelt Institute’s efforts to reimagine the rules of our economy and society. It is truly a testament to the leadership, creativity, and ideas of Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong and the strong team of staff and