The Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness
The D.C. Policy Center’s Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness provides an in-depth and objective look at the factors that influence the District of Columbia’s attractiveness and competitive position in the region and in the nation.
Our core analyses examine business migrations and growth trends, regional workforce dynamics, and how policy can shape and impact these trends. However, this work is also grounded in the idea that strengthening D.C.’s competitive position requires a balanced study of how economy policy, business conditions, quality of life, access to opportunity and resources, and workforce dynamics all contribute to a city’s growth and prosperity.
Through this research, we aim to build a deeper understanding of the competitive dynamics within the Washington metropolitan region and develop comprehensive policy solutions that support a strong and growing local economy for all D.C. residents.
In 2021 and 2022, the District continued to lose households with high incomes faster than it has attracted them. For households with incomes greater than $150,000, the District lost 7,782 and 5,422 households. While fewer households with high incomes left the District in 2022 than in 2021, it remained the case that households with high incomes continued to drive migration activity.
In March 2022, the D.C. Policy Center launched the Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy and Competitiveness. The initiative is named for the late Dr. Alice M. Rivlin, a friend and advisor of the D.C. Policy Center. Dr. Alice M. Rivlin’s legacy goes beyond the list of her numerous accolades, credentials, and affiliations. She was a champion for this city, consummate public servant, and a trailblazer for women.
The D.C. Policy Center launched the Alice M. Rivlin Initiative for Economic Policy & Competitiveness in March 2022. The Rivlin Initiative is supported by generous contributions from the following donors:
On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, Education Policy Initiative Director Chelsea Coffin testified before the D.C. Council Committee of the Whole, at its public hearing on teacher and principal retention rates. …
Business migration trends offer important insights on regional dynamics. While the Washington metropolitan area shares a labor force and many economic strengths, D.C. has, on net, lost businesses to elsewhere …