Expanding Economic Opportunity for More Americans

February 04 2019 • Aspen Economic Strategy Group


Many workers today find themselves lacking the skills and training necessary to thrive in the modern economy. Most low- and middle-income workers have not seen meaningful wage increases in many years. Millions of men and women are missing from the workforce altogether. These challenges stem from profound shifts in the American economy and necessitate a dedicated policy response.

Over the course of the past year, the Aspen Economic Strategy Group collected policy ideas to address the barriers to broad-based economic opportunity and identified concrete proposals with bipartisan appeal. These proposals are presented here in the edited volume “Expanding Economic Opportunity for More Americans: Bipartisan Policies to Increase Work, Wages, and Skills.”

  1. The Need to Expand Economic Opportunity

    by Melissa S. Kearny and Amy Ganz
  2. A Policy Agenda to Develop Human Capital for the Modern Economy

    by Glenn Hubbard, Austan Goolsbee, and Amy Ganz
  3. What Works in Career and Technical Education (CTE)? A Review of Evidence and Suggested Policy Directions

    by Ann Huff Stevens
  4. Scaling Apprenticeship to Increase Human Capital

    by Robert I. Lerman
  5. The Challenges of Leveraging Online Education for Economically Vulnerable Mid-Career Americans

    by Joshua Goodman
  6. A Policymaker’s Guide to Labor Force Participation

    by Keith Hennessy and Bruce Reed
  7. Restoring Economic Opportunity for “The People Left Behind”: Employment Strategies for Rural America

    by James P. Ziliak
  8. Policies to Reintegrate Former Inmates Into the Labor Force

    by Manudeep Bhuller, Gordon B. Dahl, and Katrine V. Løken
  9. Economic Strategy for Higher Wages and Expanded Labor Participation

    by James Furman and Phillip Swagel
  10. The Link Between Wages and Productivity Is Strong

    by Michael R. Strain
  11. Creating Economic Opportunity for More Americans Through Productivity Growth

    by Chad Syverson
  12. The Higher Wages Tax Credit

    by David Neumark
  13. How Minimum Zoning Mandates Can Improve Housing Markets and Expand Opportunity

    by Joshua D. Gottlieb