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

Last night Ivanka Trump, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s daughter and political partner-in-chief, was warm and poised, portraying her father as all that at least some would want him, as a presidential candidate, to be: A fighter, but generous. Tough, but caring. Strong, but empathetic. And in the middle of this performance of increasing superlatives,

We—Marshall Steinbaum, who has recently joined the Roosevelt Institute as a visiting fellow, and Mike Konczal—have a new working paper out titled Declining Entrepreneurship, Labor Mobility, and Business Dynamism: A Demand-side Approach. We hope you check it out! We think it adds some important evidence on an unfolding debate. Here is a great write-up by Anna Louie Sussman

For too long, progressive policymakers have abandoned their foundational belief in broad taxes, universal programs, and collective prosperity for fear of appearing pro-government. Without opposition, conservative ambition for tax-slashing and anti-government rhetoric has swollen to biblical proportions. (Literally, in the case of some late candidacies.) The most recent example is Paul Ryan’s tax plan, which proposes a