Vision 2020: Evidence for a stronger economy

To shape the 2020 policy debate, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth has released Vision 2020: Evidence for a stronger economy, a compilation of 21 essays presenting innovative, evidence-based, and concrete ideas to shape the 2020 policy debate. The authors in the new book include preeminent economists, political scientists, and sociologists who use cutting-edge research methods to answer some of the thorniest economic questions facing policymakers today. Topics range from economic inequality, race, and mobility, to competition, wages, taxes, macroeconomics, and family economic security.

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Read the Foreword.


Fiona Scott Morton, Reforming U.S. antitrust enforcement and competition policy – p. 10

Aaron S. Kesselheim, Improving competition to lower U.S. prescription drug costs – p. 21


Sydnee Caldwell and Suresh Naidu, Wage and employment implications of U.S. labor market monopsony and possible policy solutions – p. 33

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Aligning U.S. labor law with worker preferences for labor representation – p. 44

Kimberly A. Clausing, International trade policy that works for U.S. workers – p. 54

Arindrajit Dube, Rebuilding U.S. labor market wage standards – p. 63

Family and Economic Security

Maya Rossin-Slater and Jenna Stearns, The economic imperative of enacting paid family leave across the United States – p. 75

Taryn Morrissey, Addressing the need for affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education for all in the United States – p. 86

Susan Lambert, Fair work schedules for the U.S. economy and society: What’s reasonable, feasible, and effective – p. 101

Emily Wiemers and Michael Carr, Earnings instability and mobility over our working lives: Improving short- and long-term economic well-being for U.S. workers – p. 111

Hilary Hoynes and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Policies to strengthen our nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – p. 119

Tax & Macroeconomics

Owen Zidar and Eric Zwick, A modest tax reform proposal to roll back federal tax policy to 1997 – p. 128

John Sabelhaus, Good U.S monetary policy can’t fix bad U.S. fiscal policy – p. 138

Yair Listokin, Fighting the next recession in the United States with law and regulation, not just fiscal and monetary policies – p. 147

Inequality & Mobility

Bradley Hardy and Trevon Logan, Race and the lack of intergenerational economic mobility in the United States – p. 157

Robynn Cox, Overcoming social exclusion: Addressing race and criminal justice policy in the United States – p. 166

Blythe George, Prisoner re-entry in Native American communities offers lessons of resilience and nationwide policy solutions – p. 179

Dania Francis, The logistics of a reparations program in the United States – p. 188

Darrick Hamilton and Naomi Zewde, Promote economic and racial justice: Eliminate student loan debt and establish a right to higher education across the United States – p. 197

Leah Stokes and Matto Mildenberger, A plan for equitable climate policy in the United States – p. 207

Heather Boushey, New measurement for a new economy – p. 219


Vision 2020 Book Release Breakfast, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, February 18, 2020

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