ON-Lion Letter
Bradley Prize recipient and Purdue University president Mitch Daniels participated in a panel discussion earlier this month at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., to address the large-scale transformations facing the modern economy in an effort to explore solutions ensuring that all Americans will have the opportunity to participate.

The event, “A Labor Market for the Digital Age: Pathways and Opportunities,” was cosponsored by AEI, the Center for American Progress, and the Markle Foundation.  In addition to Daniels, the panelists included Zoe Baird of the Markle Foundation and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.  The panel was moderated by Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson, while AEI president Arthur Brooks and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden offered opening remarks.  

During their discussion, the panelists examined possible paths to ensure that all Americans will benefit from the wave of digital revolutions that have permeated modern life.  Daniels drew attention to the hollowing out of the middle class and the existence of discouraged workers who are not captured in the unemployment rate.

Baird argued that American workers' skills and talents are not being properly identified and channeled, while Hickenlooper discussed the need to rapidly retrain those displaced by globalization and technology.  Brooks highlighted the moral consensus that opportunities should be pushed to those at society’s periphery. Tanden discussed the challenges that globalization and technology pose to the economic security of average and marginalized Americans.

Daniels is the 12th president of Purdue and a former governor of Indiana.  Previously, he served as president of Eli Lilly’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations, senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.  

A full transcript and video of the panel discussion can be found online.
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