Michael Lind

Michael Lind
Visiting Professor
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
Michael Lind is a visiting professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He was a co-founder of New America and has been an editor or staff writer at The New Yorker,  Harper's, The New Republic and The National Interest. His most recent book is Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business (The MIT Press, 2018), which he co-authored with ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson. Previously, he authored Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States (Harper, 2012).

Recent Publications

October 10, 2018

As Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind write for Bloomberg, progressives should abandon their battle against big companies like Amazon and push Congress to pass a higher national minimum wage that applies to all employers.

September 24, 2018

Much of what people assume to be true about big business is completely wrong. Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind cover five of the most egregious examples in this Innovation Files post.

July 25, 2018

As Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind write for Entrepreneur, there's no need for reflexive hand-wringing about the decline of startups.

May 4, 2018

As Rob Atkinson and Mike Lind write for the New Republic, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt weren't the anti-corporate crusaders that they're portrayed as by populists today.

April 6, 2018

This provocative new book now available from The MIT Press shows small businesses are not the drivers of our prosperity. Big firms are better for job creation, productivity, innovation, and most other economic benefits. Governments should stop tipping the scales toward small and adopt “size neutral” policies that encourage companies of all sizes to grow.

April 6, 2018

As ITIF President Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind write for the Wall Street Journal, showering privileges on firms because of their size is bad economics and bad policy.

March 29, 2018

In commentary for Fortune Magazine, ITIF President Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind write that America’s own antitrust policies perversely encourage the loss of technological leadership to rival nations.

March 7, 2018

In an adaptation of their new book "Big Is Beautiful," Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind argue that large corporations are vilified in a way that obscures the innovation they spur and the steady jobs they produce.

October 2, 2017

There is an increasing belief across the political spectrum that U.S. companies have become too big and powerful. But to the extent firms are big, most bring real value to the economy, including both workers and consumers.

July 8, 2013

The general economic myths many take as facts are causing tragic results for everyday Americans.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 16, 2018

Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation for a panel discussion marking the release of Big Is Beautiful. Speakers will address the role and impact of large firms on the U.S. economy and society, and delve into the implications for policymakers.

April 13, 2017

Join ITIF for a discussion with George Mason University Professor Tyler Cowen on the rise of U.S. complacency and the steps necessary to restore America’s legacy of discontent, disruption, and progress.

May 5, 2016

Please join ITIF for the release of a comprehensive report on productivity: why it has lagged and what it’s likely to do over the next two decades, why higher productivity won’t kill jobs, why conventional policy solutions are likely to be inadequate, and what governments should do to restore robust productivity growth.

May 13, 2015

Please join ITIF for a discussion of the limits of the “middle out” strategy and the kind of innovation-led growth agenda we need for all Americans to prosper.

October 2, 2014

Rob Atkinson will present the findings from a new report that analyzes the three main sources of U.S. economic evolutionary change.

October 5, 2012

"Innovation Economics" presentation at the New America Foundation.

July 23, 2012

ITIF host Lind for a discussion of the remarkable people, innovations and tumult of our history and what it could tell us about the present and future.