In case you missed it, Equitable Growth published the third report in our “History of Technology” series yesterday: “Engineering, industrialism, and socioeconomic orders in the Second Industrial Revolution.”

The new report explores the technological and economic change that accompanied the emergence of the engineering profession around the turn of the 20th century.

This analysis may give U.S. policymakers today some scope to understand how the merger of different types of engineering professions may affect innovation, economic growth, and changes in the U.S. workforce—which, in turn, may help or hinder more equitable economic growth.

Read the full report here.


Also yesterday, Heather Boushey—Executive Director and Chief Economist here at Equitable Growth—testified before the D.C. Council on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015. In her testimony, she highlighted the following key points:

  1. Paid family leave is a necessary policy for modern families.
  2. Family economic security is important for our overall economic strength and stability.
  3. Localities—like the District of Columbia—should consider action because neither private employers nor federal policymakers have thus far addressed this urgent economic issue.
  4. There are models from three states that have led the way that show paid family leave is good for the economy.

Read her full testimony here.


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