The Progressive Case for Productivity Growth

Robert D. Atkinson November 29, 2015
November 29, 2015

A growing number of progressives have become decidedly ambivalent, if not downright hostile toward the idea of increasing productivity, seeing it as a threat to progressive goals of full employment, fairness, and stability. But in truth, explains Rob Atkinson in Washington Monthly, the only sustainable way to increase people's wages, lower inequality, and strengthen the middle class is to raise productivity. That’s why a truly progressive economic agenda must include pro-productivity policies that drive growth.