Higher education serves as a critical vehicle for upward mobility and equal opportunity in the U.S. labor market. First, it provides opportunities for workers to develop critical skills and competencies, and more generally pursue goals for self-improvement throughout their lives. Second, higher education provides a process for obtaining credentials, which play a critical role in

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Lifelong Learning in 2040

The rapid rate of continuous technological progress will require a reconceptualization of why and how we learn. The profusion of technology into every aspect of modern life is fundamentally changing the nature of the American economy and the ways in which humans contribute to economic output. Acclaimed futurist and Google engineer Ray Kurzweil expects the

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The United States today lacks an economy that gives everyone a fair shot to succeed, to develop and contribute to their potential, and to participate fully in society. Economic inequality in the U.S. has risen sharply over the last 35 years, reaching possibly the highest levels in the country’s history and the highest among nations

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The emergence of the gig economy, also known as the sharing or on-demand economy, has raised a number of questions about how the rules of our economy, ranging from labor to education to the social safety net, should respond and evolve. Our Next American Economy (NAE) project, led by Roosevelt Senior Fellow Bo Cutter, has convened experts across

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This brief is part 6 in a series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the rest of the briefs. From the rhetoric of proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade and investment pact between the U.S. and 11 Asia-Pacific countries, it would be easy to conclude that the agreement is an

This brief is part 5 in a series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the rest of the series. Despite protests from industry lobbyists who are upset that they did not get everything they wanted, big pharmaceutical companies are some of the biggest winners in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This supposed “free trade”

This brief is part 4 in a series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the rest of the briefs. With few people buying the argument that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade and investment agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries, will bring more jobs and higher wages, proponents

This brief is part 3 in a series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the rest of the briefs. President Obama has said that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Yet the word “climate” is conspicuously missing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Worse, many provisions of the

This brief is part 2 of a series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the rest of the briefs. If the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is enacted, multinational investors will be able to sue the United States and other host country governments in private international arbitration (investor–state dispute settlement, or ISDS) when they feel

This brief is part 1 of a series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to view the rest of the briefs. While advocates promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a “free trade” agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries, the most economically significant provisions are not cuts to trade barriers. Instead, the