The Good Economy

The Good Economy, an e-book jointly published by the Kauffman Foundation and the Roosevelt Institute, asks how the new economy could evolve over the next 25 years and predicts a radical transformation of the U.S. economic system based on information technology, akin to late 19th century breakthroughs like the steam engine.

In the book, authors Bo Cutter, senior fellow and director of the Next American Economy Project at the Roosevelt Institute; Dane Stangler, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation; and Robert Litan, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explore different economic futures facing the United States and envision a resurgence beginning in 2020 driven by what they call “eight surprises.” These include the continued growth of freelancing platforms like Uber and Etsy coupled with the development of advances in nanotechnology and artificial intelligence; the rise of new forms of worker organizing; and the emergence of a new political dynamic as the federal government breaks free from political paralysis, and cities and states become hubs of experimentation.

While The Good Economy offers an optimistic portrait of how the economy could develop in the coming decades, the authors acknowledge that even this scenario would entail more risk and instability for workers, and that there are potential pitfalls along the way to realizing this vision.

The Good Economy builds on ideas introduced in the New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda and on a series of multidisciplinary convenings held by the Next American Economy Project.

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