Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness Publications


  1. Modernizing Medicare

    October 2016 | Committee for Economic Development

    In this report on the future solvency of Medicare, the Committee for Economic Development proposes a policy that aims to maintain quality, “bend the cost curve,” and reduce the current unsustainable growth of costs under traditional Medicare. 

  2. China Center Quick Note: Expect Speed Bumps on the Road to Supply Side Structural Reform

    October 2016 | China Center Publications

    Since its official promulgation at the Economic Work Conference in December 2015, the Supply Side Structural Reform program has emerged as the biggest and most important economic policy initiative of the Xi Jinping administration. 

  3. China Center Data Flash: Temporary Stabilization—But No Improvement in Fundamentals

    October 2016 | China Center Publications

    The data from August suggested strengthening growth in industrial production, retail sales, and exports. This has led many analysts to conclude that China is “muddling through” just fine. However, our outlook for the resumption of gradually slowing growth in 2H16 and into 2017 remains unchanged. 

  4. China Center Slidicle: Middle-Aged Women in China—An Unutilized Workforce Opportunity?

    October 2016 | China Center Publications

    Although population aging is unarguably the key driver of China’s constricting labor supply, gender and age discrimination with respect to female workers make matters worse.

  5. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Will Greater Uncertainty Lead to Business Investment Paralysis?

    September 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Will greater uncertainty lead to business investment paralysis? In this issue of StraightTalk, Chief Economist Bart van Ark looks at the business implications of economic uncertainty and weakening of US corporate profits.

  6. China Center Quick Note: China's New "Going Out"

    August 2016 | China Center Publications

    China’s previous Going Out campaign was dominated by large, old-economy, industrial SOEs, but that has changed rapidly over the past two years; new key players – both State and private – are now focused on new-economy innovation prizes.

  7. Brexit Effect: Unpacking the Impact of Uncertainty on the Economy

    August 2016 | Executive Action Report

    Low confidence, high uncertainty, and postponed investment decisions are some of the short-term impacts we can expect from the United Kingdom’s stunning decision to leave the European Union. 

  8. ICT Asset Prices: Marshaling Evidence into New Measures

    July 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    This paper provides the sources and methods used to construct national accounts-style price deflators for the major components of ICT investment: communications equipment, computer equipment, and software.

  9. ICT Prices and ICT Services: What do they tell us about productivity and technology?

    July 2016 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    This paper reassesses the link between ICT prices, technology, and productivity. The currently available information on ICT asset prices and ICT services is put under a microscope, and official prices are found to substantially understate actual ICT price declines.

  10. China Center Quick Note: China & Brexit

    July 2016 | China Center Publications

    There are several ways to assess China’s exposure to the events in Europe, including examining China’s engagement with the UK and the EU in terms of international trade, FDI flows, and the RMB. Equally important, however, is to consider what Brexit means for China’s engagement with Europe on a geo-economic and geopolitical scale.