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

In a speech targeting millennials this week, Hillary Clinton sought to forge a partnership with young people and, above all, to get them to the polls in November. In the last few minutes of her half-hour speech, Clinton made a targeted pitch for voter registration, stating, “Go to iwillvote.com and register today. Register your friends.

Millennials are a fractured generation. Despite interconnectivity beyond the wildest dreams of our parents and grandparents, we live deeply separated lives. We scroll through our algorithmically curated Twitter feeds and Facebook Timelines and consume media narrowly tailored to our interests on Tumblr, Netflix, and Spotify. Although this phenomenon is often framed negatively, these small communities

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

In the 2012 election, millennials comprised 19 percent of the national electorate and had the lowest voter turnout rate (46 percent) of any age group. This trend was reflected on college campuses across the country, including the University of Georgia. According to a study conducted by Tufts, only 45 percent of the UGA student body voted in

The conversation on Millennial participation in this election has become stuck in a rut. As the Washington Post noted a few weeks ago, many of the go-to methods for outreach to young voters are perceived as lacking authenticity and substance. Gimmicks drive eyeballs but not hearts and minds. Yet while our generation is disenchanted with

Yesterday, in Reno, Nevada, Hillary Clinton gave one of the most straightforward critiques of Donald Trump’s rhetoric that we’ve seen from her campaign. In doing so, she connected Trump to a right-wing fringe that is poisoning our political discourse: No one should have any illusions about what’s really going on here. The names may have

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,

Franklin Roosevelt famously decreed in 1933 that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Given the rhetoric and ideology championed in this election, consider me afraid. Last Thursday night, the presidential nominee of one of our country’s major parties stood before millions of Americans and used fear as a tool to gain

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