Projects

As with any piece of federal lawmaking, the ACA was the product of political compromise among parties and interests. Hence, it is not the dramatic change its supporters had hoped for, and it goes much further than its detractors would prefer. The focus of this analysis, though, is not on the policies embedded in the ACA, but rather on their cumulative economic impact.

Contributors

Micah Weinberg, PhD
Micah Weinberg, PhD
Economic Institute, President
Patrick Kallerman
Patrick Kallerman
Economic Institute, Research Director
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Bay Area Water Resources

A functioning regional economy requires a secure water supply. California’s climate is famously volatile. While the state has averaged about 21 inches of precipitation per year since 1896, any given year can swing wildly from …

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Land Use in California

The Bay Area’s strong economy and weak housing growth have contributed to the region’s runaway housing costs, and home prices in the region are increasing faster than incomes. The Bay Area median home price is …

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Inclusion and Diversity

Addressing workplace inequalities between women and men is essential for economic development. Millions of talented women are not given the opportunities they deserve to advance professionally, ultimately affecting their economic success and that of the …

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The Northern California Megaregion

As the population of Northern California continues to grow, challenges in housing, land use, jobs, transportation, and the environment have crossed regional boundaries and are linking cities, counties, and regions together across wider geographies. These …

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Reinventing Manufacturing

California—with its diverse economy and history of innovation—is well positioned to capture future growth in many manufacturing sectors, but state and local governments will need more targeted policy tools to stimulate commercialization of new products, …

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Investing in California

Over the last decade, the idea of impact investing—marrying financial returns with social returns—has moved from a nascent investment theory employed by a few philanthropic organizations and forward-thinking fund managers to a widely known buzzword …

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Regional Economic Strategy

In order to ensure the Bay Area’s economic vitality and resilience despite increasing boom and bust cycles, public and private sector leaders must come together around pragmatic solutions to persistent issues and barriers to success.
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21st Century Infrastructure

As California moves deeper into the 21st century, new technologies have changed the way that people interact with infrastructure—especially in the fields of communications and energy. The infrastructure of the future requires the development of …

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Public-Private Partnerships

At a time when public finances are severely constrained but demand for improved infrastructure is growing, public-private partnerships (P3) offer an attractive alternative for financing and operating California infrastructure. While P3 methods won’t be appropriate …

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California Higher Education

The Master Plan for Higher Education in California, produced in 1960, provided a forward-looking strategy for handling the challenges then facing the state. Today, California is at another critical juncture with respect to higher education, …

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Health Care Delivery

The United States’ health care system is experiencing unprecedented demand. How can we best deliver and pay for health care with the objective of creating maximum benefit to patients within the context of a system …

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International Ties: Europe and Asia

Europe’s and China’s economic ties to the Bay Area run extraordinarily deep. Current ties date back to California’s Gold Rush and the founding of San Francisco through the present day development of the region as …