Research assistant needed

The Progressive Policy Institute, where I’m chief economic strategist, is looking to hire a full-time research assistant.  Here’s the ad:

Policy institute in Washington, D.C. seeks a full-time research assistant to support senior staff on economic and policy projects. Key duties include: writing reports, downloading and analyzing economic data, and creating charts. Bachelor’s degree and a year or more of work experience are required. Excellent written and oral communications, interpersonal and analytic skills are essential. The ideal candidate will be a resourceful quick-study who can take initiative and pay attention to detail.

If interested, apply to Include a current resume.  Equal Opportunity Employer

Coming Posts

These are the posts that I’m thinking about. Any preferences? Or suggest your own:

1)  Growth and government/private debt:  The arithmetic of how long-term growth affects our ability to pay off our private and public debt

2) Multinationals and exports:  Are multinationals more or less likely to export from the U.S.?

3)  Goldman Sachs and side bets:  If you are making a side bet on the economy, do you care who you are betting against?

4)  Credit ratings and growth:  Did the credit ratings issued by S&P and Moody’s implicitly depend on long-term growth expectations?

5) What can journalists learn from the financial crisis?

The Point of this Blog

Okay, so shoot me–I’ve decided to start (re) blogging earlier than I expected.

This blog will have four (count them) four main subjects.

1) Innovation–I’m going to write about  innovation of all types: Technological, corporate, business, and even social innovation.  I’m going to try to assess the speed and direction of innovation,  identify the impact on corporate and economic performance, and even point out places where there are big gaps.  I’m also going to keep an eye on innovation metrics.

2) Growth–we all believe that growth is good, right?  So I’m going to write about growth, with special attention to the different kinds of growth.

3) Economic statistics (with a big wave to my friends at the statistical agencies in DC).  I’ve invested a lot of time in understanding the economic statistics, their good points and where they are weak. And I’ll be d**med if I let that knowledge go to waste.

4) Economic and financial reporting–Judiciously, I’m going to comment on economic and financial journalism, strong points and weak points. I’ll try to be nice.

One final remark–this blog is going to be in a state of construction for a while.  I’ve got a lot of things going on (some of which I can’t talk about yet).

P.S.  To look at my (previous) BusinessWeek blog,  go to  here as long as Bloomberg keeps the site open.

Coming soon

This will be the future home of my blog on innovation and growth.  I’m taking a short hiatus for now, and  I expect to return after the first of the year.

If you want to get in touch with me directly, my email is