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Eurozone Reforms Still Captive to Local Politics

May 31, 2012
The populist backlash against austerity measures may force Greece to abandon the euro, sparking contagion in other parts of Europe. Speaking at The Wilson Center, Harvard scholar Harris Mylonas examines the influence of local politics on economic reforms.
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New National Poll: Americans Still Want to be Homeowners

May 22, 2012
Three years after the 2008 financial crisis, America’s housing market still languishes and millions of families are losing their grip on “The American Dream.” A new survey by the Wilson Center finds that despite the bursting of the housing bubble, an overwhelming majority of Americans still feel that homeownership is both important to them and a part of the American Dream. A majority also said homeownership should be a national priority.
A Greek and an EU flag fly over the Greek ministry of finance in Athens

Greece Should Stay with Eurozone

May 17, 2012
Exiting the Eurozone will only exacerbate the austerity Greek voters have balked at, says Kent Hughes. Rather than leave, Greek economic and political leadership should seize the opportunity to rebuild a civic culture that will support stable finances and long-term growth.

Can the Startup Act Jump Start America's Economy?

May 17, 2012
While established companies tend to shed employees, young businesses account for nearly all new job creation in the US. In a set of interviews, experts discuss Sens. Moran and Warner’s Startup Act—aimed at enhancing America’s entrepreneurial edge.

Regaining America's Competitive Edge

May 10, 2012
"There are a number of weaknesses [in the U.S. economic system] that are getting worse such as the complexity of the tax code, the ineffectiveness of the political system, fiscal policy, and the K-12 education system,“ said Harvard Business professor Jan Rivkin. In this interview, Rivkin and education expert Paul Vallas prescribe ways for the US to regain its economic edge.
Supporters gather for Francois Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election

The End of Austerity Politics in Europe?

May 08, 2012
In the wake of this weekend's elections in France, Greece, and other parts of Europe, headlines across the globe suggest that voters have delivered a major anti-austerity message to their governments. Wilson Center expert Kent Hughes provides analysis and perspective on what political change in France and other countries might mean.

JOBS Act a Win for Startups and Economy

Apr 10, 2012
The Jumpstart our Business Startups, or JOBS Act, is a win for entrepreneurship as well as bipartisan politics, and given economic hardship, unemployment and political bickering, it's time for a win, writes Public Policy Scholar Amy Wilkinson.
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Creating Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Feb 27, 2012
Amy Wilkinson spoke at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, DC, about how states can foster entrepreneurship by creating the right conditions to attract and grow small businesses.

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

Jan 31, 2012
Increasing numbers of Americans are breaking ranks with the traditional 2-party system and are self identifying as "independents." These voters are trying to make a statement with their registration, says Senior Scholar Linda Killian as she profiles this influential group and their top issues.

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