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|April 16, 2023||What New AI Might Do to Labor MarketsThe human advantage lies in creative intelligence and social organization.|
|July 24, 2022||Why Are Rich Places Growing and Poor Places in Decline?To participate in a new economy, a community’s workforce must possess the ability to absorb new skills that may be vastly different from what they currently know.|
|January 30, 2022||Chick-fil-A as a Tasty Window into InnovationThe effective mix of people and technology fueled a 16 percent growth in sales.|
|December 19, 2021||READI Grant a Big Success and Important PolicyClusters of cities and counties do better with sharing ideas, vetting proposals and hiring talented staff.|
|November 7, 2021||READI Grants Already a SuccessThe READI Grant program asks communities to identify and prioritize their long-term development projects.|
|September 24, 2017||Time to Quit Building Business Incubators, Co-Working Spaces and Maker’s SpacesThese spaces do not significantly improve the local economy.|
|January 31, 2011||Budget Realities and the State of the UnionThe best way to out-innovate the world in the short run is to simply get out of the way of entrepreneurs, innovators and producers.|
Educational Attainment, the 21st Century Fund and the Future of SchoolingIndiana ranks 42nd in educational attainment.
Big Savings for Ending Prevailing WageMy statistical models show that repealing state prevailing wage laws save taxpayers money.
Re-Thinking Economic Development A large share of the most mobile families—perhaps half—no longer need to live near where they work.
Money Illusion and InflationPrice fluctuation could cause inflation to last longer, but it didn’t cause the inflation, it simply extends the pain.View archives