Policy

Reports, Statements and Polls

The Landscape of Campaign Contributions

July 10, 2017

The Committee for Economic Development is a nonproft, nonpartisan, business-led public-policy organization that delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues. www.ced.org...

Immigration Policy That Works

June 14, 2017

Many Americans see immigrants as taking American jobs and bidding down wages. Yet immigration holds the potential of filling jobs that currently go vacant—thereby expanding production and creating...

Fixing America’s Roads & Bridges

May 29, 2017

Authored byR. Richard Geddes, PhD, Professor, Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University and Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure PolicyThomas J. Madison, Jr., Principal, TJM Advisors LLC...

The Economic Impact of the Food and Beverage Industry

March 16, 2017

The Economic Contribution of the Food and Beverage Industry examines the role of the food and beverage industry within the food system and in regional economies; how the industry contributes...

The First 100 Days: Corporate Income Tax Reform in 2017?

March 09, 2017

The US corporate tax system has remained largely unchanged since 1986, and a new reform is long overdue.  The benefits of an efficient corporate tax system are great –...

The First 100 Days: Improving the Affordable Care Act

February 27, 2017

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of  2010 (known informally as the ACA) was a well-intentioned attempt to deal with these issues, but in CED’s view, it...

New Mexico Business Leaders Survey

February 08, 2017

Poll Results Press Release: Las Cruces Press Release: Santa Fe Press Release: AlbuquerqueThis survey research study was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development. The research objectives are...

The Federal Budget Deficit and the Public Debt: Dealing with a Lurking Problem

December 12, 2016

The Federal Budget Deficit and the Public Debt: Dealing with a Lurking Problem points to three issues that bear most responsibility for the nation’s growing financial risk: demographic...

Every Other One: A Status Update

November 14, 2016

In an effort to accelerate progress for women in corporate boardrooms, CED launched the Every Other One initiative in 2014. Every Other One advocates that if every other corporate board seat...

Interim Report: The Landscape of Campaign Contributions

November 02, 2016

Following the landmark Citizens United ruling, corporations have not participated in campaign finance activities to the extent that many expected. In fact, major companies are not making independent expenditures,...

Modernizing Medicare

October 26, 2016

Modernizing Medicare centers on reforming Medicare Advantage, which unlike traditional, fee-for-service Medicare, provides care through private plans. It has proven immensely popular, with enrollment having increased from 6% of all beneficiaries...

Poll: Chicago Business Executives Concerned About City Government Ethics, Support Reform

July 12, 2016

A poll of Chicago business executives found serious concern about influence and corruption in city policies and politics. Among other opinions, there is a near-unanimous view that lobbying City Council...

The Challenge of Sustaining Capitalism, May 2016 Update

May 17, 2016

This paper serves as a project update to the Sustainable Capitalism sub-committee work.

Tackling Economic Inequality, Boosting Opportunity

April 06, 2016

Capitalism has underpinned the most prosperous nation known to man. But today, acute economic inequality threatens our system’s cohesion, capacity, and viability. Much of this inequality...

Poll: New Mexico Business Leaders Concerned About Ethical Behavior of Elected Officials, Support Solutions

February 08, 2016

The Committee for Economic Development's commissioned survey looks at New Mexico business leaders’ perceptions about the influence of money in politics, campaign finance reform and transparency, the effects...

Crony Capitalism, Corruption and the Economy in the State of New Mexico

January 27, 2016

Crony Capitalism, Corruption and the Economy in the State of New Mexico outlines the rise of crony capitalism in the state and puts forth a three-step plan that eliminates corruption...

Choosing Justice? The Need for Judicial Selection Reform

November 18, 2015

The Committee for Economic Development and its Members believe that selection by election is eroding citizens’ and businesses’ confidence in the integrity of their judges. Our new report,...

Crony Capitalism:  Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government

October 14, 2015

Crony Capitalism: Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government, focuses on the growing public perception of a crony form of capitalism in America, and discusses the three interconnected trends that we...

Child Care in State Economies

August 01, 2015

Child Care in State Economies examines the child care industry’s effect on parents’ participation in the labor force, and provides extensive details regarding the industry’s...

Adjusting the Prescription: CED Recommendations for Health Care Reform

April 23, 2015

CED’s latest paper on health care reform, “Adjusting the Prescription: Committee for Economic Development Recommendations for Health Care Reform,” describes how long-term improvement in quality, affordability,...

The Role of Business in Promoting Educational Attainment

April 22, 2015

Today, U.S. companies face unprecedented competition from abroad and an economy that puts a growing premium on knowledge. To succeed, employers must make a stronger commitment to ensure that...

Poll: New Mexico Business Leaders Support Campaign Finance Reform

March 02, 2015

The Committee for Economic Development commissioned this poll to assess New Mexico business leaders' perceptions of the influence of money in politics, campaign finance reform and transparency, and proposals the...

Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards

November 13, 2014

CED’s newest paper, “Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards” updates CED’s 2012 Policy Paper, “Fulfilling the Promise:How More Women on Corporate...

How Business Leaders Can Support College- and Career-Readiness

November 12, 2014

As part of CED’s College and Career Ready project, we have produced a White Paper geared toward the business community to support implementation of the Common Core State...

The Challenge of Sustaining Capitalism, March 2014 Update

March 27, 2014

This paper serves as a project update to the Sustainable Capitalism sub-committee work. 

Automatic for the Borrower: How Repayment Based on Income Can Reduce Loan Defaults and Manage Risk

March 27, 2014

CED, a non-research member of the Gates Foundation’s Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) initiative, is pleased to share the group's final report recommendations on improving...

Boosting California’s Postsecondary Education Performance

November 26, 2013

With a special foreword from California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, this report examines the state of California’s higher education framework and provides recommendations for improvement....

CED’s Longstanding, Nonpartisan Call to Action on Money in Politics

November 22, 2013

Over the past 45 years, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) has engaged in advocacy for campaign finance reform. In 1968, CED issued its first call for campaign finance reform...

Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Teaching and Learning: Lessons from Kentucky, Florida, and Texas

July 31, 2013

         As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that seeks to deliver well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to the nation’s most critical issues,...

Survey: American Business Leaders On Campaign Finance

July 24, 2013

Hart Research (D) and American Viewpoint (R) formed a bipartisan research team to conduct an online nationwide survey among 302 business executives for the Committee for Economic Development (CED).The survey...

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Problem of Transparency in Political Finance

July 24, 2013

CED is pleased to present this issue brief, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Problem of Transparency in Political Finance, to provide an update on political financing of...

Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Education: Building a Bridge to Careers in STEM

July 10, 2013

The Committee for Economic Development, in partnership with José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy and others have released the issue brief "Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Education: Building a...

Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Talent: Building a Bridge to Homegrown STEM Talent

July 10, 2013

The Committee for Economic Development, in partnership with José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy and others have released the issue brief "Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Talent: Building a...

Supporting New Teachers: The Importance of the First Year in Ensuring Success and Retention

June 10, 2013

Supporting New Teachers: The Importance of the First Year in Ensuring Success and Retention is a report of the Prichard Committee’s Team on Teacher Effectiveness in Kentucky. ...

Evaluating Teachers: Kentucky’s Approach to Creating a Successful System

June 10, 2013

Evaluating Teachers: Kentucky’s Approach to Creating a Successful System is a second state report of the Prichard Committee’s Team on Teacher Effectiveness.  The report brief...

Business Statesmanship and Sustainable Capitalism: Can Corporate Leaders Help Put America and American Business Back on Track?

May 28, 2013

To celebrate the Committee for Economic Development’s (CED’s) 75th anniversary in 2017, CED will renew our founding principles through a multi-year program that will test the viability...

Business Partnerships to Advance STEM Education: A Model of Success for the Nation

May 17, 2013

Committee for Economic Development, in partnership with the Council for Educational Change, José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy, and Miami Dade County Public Schools have released the issue brief ...

CED Trustees on Economic Policy: Concerned, Skeptical, and Engaged

May 14, 2013

The press is running stories that the federal budget is improving. But CED’s Trustees aren’t convinced.An April 2013 survey asked Trustees of the Committee for Economic...

Digital Learning: Meeting the Challenges and Embracing the Opportunities for Teachers

April 30, 2013

Today’s students are often called “digital-age learners”— reflecting their technological savvy and free-agent approach to learning. With their iPods, iPhones, computer games, social media pages,...

Promoting Small Donor Democracy

March 08, 2013

On Friday, March 8th, CED released its latest report, Promoting Small Donor Democracy: The Value of Public Matching Programs in New York City. The report, by campaign finance expert Anthony...

A New Partnership: The Road to Reshaping Federal & State Financial Aid

January 24, 2013

Key Issues Facing Student Financial Aid System College Prices: College prices continue to increase faster than prices in nearly any other part of American society. Pell Grants: Despite...

Poll: New York Business Leaders Overwhelmingly Support Reform of State Campaign Finance Rules

October 25, 2012

NEW YORK—New York business leaders believe the state's current campaign finance rules benefit major donors at the cost of ordinary citizens– and overwhelmingly want the system...

Fulfilling the Promise

June 26, 2012

America is falling behind other nations in promoting women to the highest levels of corporate leadership and companies must take steps to boost the number of women on corporate boards...

Unfinished Business

June 26, 2012

High-quality early education programs are vital to future economic growth and maintaining a highly skilled workforce.  Support and investments at the national, state, and local levels for early education...

Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance

April 30, 2012

Today, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) is beginning a national campaign to get business leaders involved in postsecondary education reform. To launch the effort, CED is releasing Boosting Postsecondary...

Hiring and Higher Education

February 13, 2012

A new report, Hiring and Higher Education, features qualitative research by Public Agenda commissioned by CED and adds to the growing debate about the role and value of America's...

The Future of Taxpayer-Funded Research: Who Will Control Access to the Results?

February 09, 2012

CED has released The Future of Taxpayer-Funded Research: Who Will Control Access to the Results? – a new report that examines how scientific researchers and members of the public will...

To Reform Medicare, Reform Incentives and Organization

November 04, 2011

Alain C. Enthoven’s paper, To Reform Medicare, Reform Incentives And Organization, explains how the principles of cost-responsible consumer choice among competing health-insurance plans, sometimes called “managed competition,...

Are Institutional Investors Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

October 03, 2011

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) and the Millstein Center at the Yale School of Management have published a new working paper, Are Institutional Investors Part of the Problem or...

Partial Justice, Hidden Money and After Citizens United

September 26, 2011

Three CED sister reports outline the major effects of Citizens United on the private sector and urge meaningful voluntary corporate action to resist the "pay to play" business environment the...

Hidden Money: The Need for Transparency in Political Finance

September 26, 2011

Three CED sister reports outline the major effects of Citizens United on the private sector and urge meaningful voluntary corporate action to resist the "pay to play" business environment the...

More Districts Adopt Innovative Teacher Pay Plans

March 10, 2011

This CED policy brief examines teacher pay and other compensation issues. In 2009, the Committee for Economic Development called on district and state education officials to revamp the way that teachers...

Austin, Texas: An Educator/Business Collaboration in Support of Teacher Compensation Reform

March 10, 2011

The example of how the Austin (TX) Chamber of Commerce has worked over several years with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) to plan and implement a new strategic compensation...

This Way Down to a Debt Crisis

January 25, 2011

What will happen if the United States continues to ignore the size and growth of the national debt? That is the question explored by a new CED report. This Way...

Health Care in California and National Health Reform

June 22, 2010

CED believes that the U.S. employer-based health insurance system is failing -- and the recently enacted health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), will not reverse...

Restoring Trust in Corporate Governance

January 25, 2010

If American business leaders are to restore public confidence in how companies are run, boards of directors must discharge six essential, closely interrelated tasks. That is the message of a...

Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

November 05, 2009

Colleges and universities should embrace the concept of increased openness in the use and sharing of information to improve higher education. That is the core recommendation of this report. The...

In Support of International Trade: Business Leaders Speak Out

October 07, 2009

CED has been a consistent voice in support of U.S. leadership for an open global trade regime. This policy update reiterates a fundamental truth: An open and vibrant trading...

Teacher Compensation and Teacher Quality

October 01, 2009

This CED report examines teacher pay and other compensation issues. Schools must be able to compete effectively for college-educated workers who have more career choices and see themselves as more...

Rebuilding Corporate Leadership: How Directors Can Link Long-Term Performance with Public Goals

February 18, 2009

This report, published in 2009, examines how efforts to build public trust and long-term value have coalesced to encourage many large, global corporations to pay greater attention to their longer-term interests...

Corporate Governance Practices to Restore Trust, Focus on Long-Term Performance, and Rebuilding Leadership

February 11, 2009

Summary of the three CED corporate governance reports: Private Enterprise, Public Trust: The State of Corporate Governance After Sarbanes-Oxley (2006); Built to Last: Focusing Corporations on Long-Term Performance (2007); and Rebuilding Corporate...

Harnessing Openness to Transform American Health Care

December 19, 2008

This report brings the Digital Connections Council's expertise in information and communications technology and electronic commerce to bear on those aspects of healthcare that have been or can be...

Leadership and Shared Purpose for America’s Future

October 22, 2008

As we prepare for a new President and a new Congress, we believe it is important for the nation's political leaders and its business leaders to work together in...

Teacher Pensions

September 17, 2008

This background paper aims to foster understanding and informed discussion of public education pensions. It describes the current system, examines concerns about funding, sustainability, equity, and effectiveness, and discusses pension...

Quality, Affordable Health Care for All: Moving Beyond the Employer-Based Health-Insurance System

November 14, 2007

In 2007, CED released a policy statement with recommendations to improve the quality, cost, and coverage of health care. The report concludes that public policy change at the federal level is...

Reducing Risks from Global Imbalances

September 07, 2007

This report traces the evolution of the current large global trade and financial imbalances, examines their sources, and makes recommendations that, if adopted, will help ensure continued growth in the...

The Employer-based Health-Insurance System (EBI) Is At Risk: What We Must Do About It

July 17, 2007

This report presents the first two parts of CED's research and covers the scope of the crisis in health care and the options for fixing the system. A third...

Built to Last: Focusing Corporations on Long-Term Performance

June 27, 2007

This report addresses the increasingly short-term focus by many business leaders that is damaging the ability of public companies to sustain long-term performance. This trend is hampering growth in the...

CED Update on Money & Politics: Party Fundraising in the 2006 Election

October 31, 2006

Just ahead of the 2006 mid-term elections, CED issued a Update on Money & Politics that addresses party fundraising in the 2006 election. Prepared by prominent campaign finance expert Anthony Corrado of...

Reducing Global Poverty: Encouraging Private Investment in Infrastructure

July 19, 2006

This paper builds on some of the findings and recommendations of the 2002 CED policy statement, A Shared Future: Reducing Global Poverty, which broadly examined the phenomenon known as globalization and...

Public-Private Partnerships for Development: A Handbook for Business

July 19, 2006

CED partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on this handbook, published in 2006, which is designed to help businesses operating in developing countries understand how to build...

The Economic Promise of Investing in High-Quality Preschool

June 26, 2006

This study, sponsored by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, finds that American children, the United States' economy and our society can greatly benefit from improved and expanded early...

Education for Global Leadership

May 17, 2006

This report warns that the U.S. will become less competitive in the global economy because of declining quality foreign language education at the college and high school levels. Additionally,...

Open Standards, Open Source, and Open Innovation

April 17, 2006

This report (also available in a Chinese Language version) details the benefits of openness in three areas - open standards, open-source software, and open innovation - and examines the major...

Private Enterprise, Public Trust: The State of Corporate America After Sarbanes-Oxley

March 21, 2006

This policy statement examines the state of corporate governance in the United States and offers practical recommendations for restoring public trust in business.Recommendations include: Making Audit Committees Autonomous and...

The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference?

February 15, 2006

This report describes the most successful prekindergarten programs and the elements that contributed to their success. The report was written by Ellen Galinsky of the Families and Work Institute and...

A New Tax Framework: A Blueprint for Averting a Fiscal Crisis

September 23, 2005

This report presents fiscally responsible recommendations for overhauling the federal tax system and raising the revenues needed to combat mounting federal budget deficits and the fiscal demands presented by an...

Cracks in the Education Pipeline: A Business Leader’s Guide to Higher Education Reform

June 14, 2005

This report builds on the findings of Measuring Up 2004: The National Report Card on Higher Education, published by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Cracks in the...

Making Trade Work: Straight Talk on Jobs, Trade, and Adjustment

June 01, 2005

This report examines the benefits and challenges of developing an effective adjustment policy for workers who lose their jobs because of outsourcing or any other adverse effects of trade. The...

Fixing Social Security: A CED Policy Update

May 18, 2005

This report presents CED's plan for strengthening and modernizing the Social Security system. The plan acknowledges that some changes must be made to Social Security to prepare it for...

The Emerging Budget Crisis: Urgent Fiscal Choices

May 13, 2005

This report presents a sober examination of the looming, long-term federal budget deficits facing the United States. The report also strongly warns that, with the retirement of the baby-boom generation...

Building on Reform: A Business Proposal to Strengthen Campaign Finance

April 05, 2005

In this report that follows the 1999 report Investing in the People's Business, CED makes three categories of recommendations: FEC reform, strengthening the soft-money ban by closing the so-called '527 committee"...

The Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children: Working Paper 5, Invest in Kids Working Group

October 04, 2004

James J. Heckman, University of Chicago, American Bar Foundation and University College London Dimitriy V. Masterov, University of Chicago

A New Framework for Assessing the Benefits of Early Education

September 22, 2004

This working paper is among a series of papers funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts through its "Advancing Quality Pre-K for All" initiative. The paper proposes that future preschool valuations...

Developmental Education: The Value of High Quality Preschool Investments as Economic Tools

May 25, 2004

This working paper is among a series of papers funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts through its "Advancing Quality Pre-K for All" initiative. The paper finds that early childhood education...

Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth

May 19, 2004

This statement includes an overview of copyright law and business innovation, as well as recommendations for overcoming the challenges inherent in digital media. Developing and testing new business models is...

Investing in Learning: School Funding Policies to Foster High Performance

February 17, 2004

Recommendations and findings on public school financing in this report include: allocating resources more effectively within districts and schools, aligning teacher pay with labor markets, creating incentives for improved teacher...

Reducing Global Poverty: Engaging the Global Enterprise

July 15, 2003

This report is the first update to the 2002 CED report A Shared Future: Reducing Global Poverty. In this report, CED recommends that U.S.-based enterprises strive to maintain the...

Reducing Global Poverty: The Role of Women in Development

July 15, 2003

In the developing world, women generally face greater difficulty than men in securing necessary resources and basic services—education, health, and nutritional services, physical and financial capital, and land...

Promoting U.S. Economic Growth and Security Through Expanding World Trade: A Call for Bold American Leadership

June 01, 2003

This report presents a leadership vision of a strong and open global trading system, and urges the United States and its trading partners to adopt vital policy reforms, including delinking...

How Economies Grow: The CED Perspective on Raising the Long-Term Standard of Living

May 21, 2003

This report ties together CED's previous six decades of work on various policies that concern the nation's prospects for economic growth to outline how the economy grows and,...

Learning for the Future: Changing the Culture of Math and Science Education to Ensure a Competitive

May 07, 2003

This report argues that improving the math and science skills of our nation's youth is an important step in ensuring and promoting innovation-led economic growth in the coming decades....

Exploding Deficits, Declining Growth: The Federal Budget and the Aging of America

March 05, 2003

On March 5, 2003, CED released Exploding Deficits, Declining Growth: The Federal Budget and the Aging of America. The report urges the Administration and Congress to "wage war on many fronts" against...

A New Metropolitan Agenda: A Conference Report

September 20, 2002

A New Metropolitan Agenda: A Conference ReportReport from the Joint Meeting of the Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development and Urban Growth Specialists at the Brookings Institution Center...

Justice for Hire: Improving Judicial Selection

August 09, 2002

As modern campaign techniques increase the costs of judicial elections, sitting judges and judicial candidates are soliciting contributions in larger amounts than they did a decade ago. Consequently, significant portions...

Addressing Global Poverty

May 15, 2002

At a meeting in May, 2002, the “Counterpart Organizations” — a congress of private business organizations throughout the world that share the objective of economic and social policies that...

A Shared Future: Reducing Global Poverty

May 15, 2002

CED released this paper as part of its May 2002 Policy Forum "The Economics and Politics of Globalization: A Global Perspective from the International Network of Private Business Organizations". The paper...

A New Vision for Health Care: A Leadership Role for Business

April 15, 2002

This report urges employers, along with government, not only to stay the course but to actively lead in implementing specific changes in private and public policies that could produce a...

Preschool for All: Investing in a Productive and Just Society

January 20, 2002

This report argues that all children should have access to high-quality prekindergarten classes, offered by a variety of providers, for all children whose parents want them to participate. It argues...

From Protest to Progress: Addressing Labor and Environmental Conditions Through Freer Trade

July 02, 2001

In this report, CED argues that the United States must renew its commitment to the global trading system and lead the international community in resolving the labor and environmental issues...