Dr. Michael Mandel is chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) in Washington, D.C., where he supervises PPI’s research and policy work across a wide range of topics, including the data-driven economy, regulation’s impact on innovation, and policies to improve production, investment, and job growth. Michael argues against technological pessimism and in favor of the idea that innovation can be a force for increasing growth, creating jobs, and improving living standards. Michael holds an appointment as senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as president and founder of South Mountain Economics LLC, which provides expertise on emerging occupations and industries. Michael formerly served as chief economist at Businessweek, a role for which he was named one of the top 100 business journalists of the 20th century. He has received multiple awards for his work, including the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism. He is the author of four books including “Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth” and “Why the Future Is Better Than You Think.”