Experts Envision the Economy of 2040 in New Roosevelt Institute Briefs

By Roosevelt Institute |

 Series Examines Questions About the Sharing Economy, Big Data, Urban Platforms, Future of Unions, Education, and More
New York—The Roosevelt Institute today announced the publication of a series of thought briefs envisioning how the United States’ economy will evolve over the next 25 years. The briefs, released by Roosevelt’s Next American Economy project, are the product of a convening held earlier this year, which brought together experts and leaders in business, labor, economics, technology, and other fields. The full collection can be found here.
Contributors to the series include: Roosevelt Senior Fellow Bowman Cutter, director of the Next American Economy project, who provides an overview of the “good economy” of 2040; Michelle Miller, co-founder of, who asks what the union of the future will look like; Denise Cheng, a fellow in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, who looks at barriers to growth in the sharing economy; John Zysman of U.C. Berkeley and Martin Kenney of U.C. Davis, who examine where work will come from in the era of big data and cloud services; Julia Root of NYU’s Governance Lab, who exploreshow cities will become urban platforms for innovation; Richard Swart of U.C. Berkeley, who looks at challenges in access to capital for startups; Chelsea Barabas of MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, who examines the future of workforce development and educational credentials; and Roisin Ellison and Joe Hallgarten of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, who call for a new model of education that emphasizes creativity.
“Projecting and imagining such a fundamental change is no small conceptual hurdle, but this should not keep us from developing new institutions to balance a new set of costs and benefits,” writes Cutter. “As jobs change, ‘work’ and the necessity to earn a living will not go away.”
“The Next American Economy briefs are both pragmatic and optimistic about the economic transformation we’re facing,” said Felicia Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute. “We are clear-eyed about the potential importance of technological and institutional changes that are affecting economic performance. But we believe that by making better choices now, as tough as that is, we can build an economy that encourages growth and human flourishing, just as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sought to do.”
For more information or to arrange an interview with the authors, contact Marcus Mrowka at 202-531-0689 or mmrowka[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org.
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