Symposium

The Hidden Keys to Growth

By The Editors

On the left, to focus intently on economic growth has always carried a small taint of suspicion. Conservatives and libertarians pushed “growth, growth, growth” for so long that for progressives, who worried more about distribution and equality, the need for growth itself was questioned. If my ideological enemy is so in favor of it, it can’t be that great.

But the economic travails of the last decade ended most of those worries. The cold reality of stagnating wages, half-full factories, all the rest, made the idea of a “steady-state economy,” for instance, look naive. Towns, jobs, and economies need to be rebuilt on surer footing. So if we do want robust growth after all, what’s been preventing it?

With the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we gathered some of the best thinkers on topics ranging from the usual-but-vital, like health care and immigration, to less-trodden policy areas, like antitrust, financial technology, and labor mobility. Together, their proposals offer a way not only to get back to real growth, but to do so while honoring—indeed advancing—those goals of equality and sustainability.

New Tools to Promote Competition

By Lina Khan

13 MIN READ

Getting People Where the Jobs Are

By David Schleicher

15 MIN READ

The Case for More Immigration

By Alex Nowrasteh

12 MIN READ

Prosperity By Design

By Devin Fidler Marina Gorbis

15 MIN READ

Time to Fight Health-Care Monopolization

By Phillip Longman

16 MIN READ

The Coming "FinTech" Revolution

By Aaron Klein

14 MIN READ

Competitive Egalitarianism: How to Structure Markets

By Steven Teles

10 MIN READ

The Editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas are Michael Tomasky (Editor), Jack Meserve (Managing Editor), and Sophia Crabbe-Field (Associate Editor).

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