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.
The District’s current tax regime and revenues bet on an economic base that might be eroding. Lost commuter activity due to the changing geography of work means weaker sales volume in high tax services (hotels, restaurant, and parking), and lower demand for commercial office space, which translates into lower building valuations. This makes the city even more reliant on the highly volatile income tax collections.
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:
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