Commentaries are published weekly and distributed through the Indianapolis Business Journal and many other print and online publications. Disclaimer
The views expressed in these commentaries do not reflect those of Ball State University or the Center for Business and Economic Research.
|jobs and employment||231|
|state and local government||129|
|migration and population change||104|
|budget and spending||104|
|March 19, 2023||Remote Work Through the Eyes of Three 20-SomethingsRemote work is here to stay.|
|March 12, 2023||Remote Work and Labor MarketsThere are more remote workers today than there are immigrants in the U.S.|
|February 12, 2023||What Is Happening to Labor Supply?Wishing to employ someone is not the same as labor demand.|
|March 13, 2022||Economic Lessons From America’s Most Experienced Avon LadyJob flexibility is just as appealing to workers today as it was to housewives half a century ago.|
|October 24, 2021||Deep Worries About Education and Employment Are Still With UsIndiana will start 2022 with three consecutive years of declining educational attainment of adults.|
|October 10, 2021||COVID and the Risks of Medical Care Delays As we think about the longer-term effects of COVID, we must consider how many people have deferred medical care because of the disease.|
|October 3, 2021||Automation and Today’s Labor Market ChallengesThe process of workers matching with employers is messy and slow.|
|September 26, 2021||What’s Happening in Labor MarketsWork environments and wages, as well as cost of care services, heavily influence choices in the current labor market.|
|September 19, 2021||Vaccine Mandates Are Huge Cost SavingsMost individuals have dodged the financial cost of COVID health expenses, but insurance premiums are likely to rise.|
|August 29, 2021||COVID Reveals Regional InequalityThe latest jobs report captures the geographic clustering of COVID and economic performance.|
|July 25, 2021||Ending the Pandemic UI Was a Rare Mistake by This AdministrationThe pandemic unemployment insurance payments were as close to a ‘free lunch’ for Hoosier taxpayers as anything we’ll ever receive.|
|May 30, 2021||Pay Shortage, Not Labor ShortageThe most relevant data is not on the quantity of jobs, but the wages that indicate whether or not there is a labor shortage.|
|May 2, 2021||Why Are We Hearing About a Labor Shortage?Government benefits are not to blame.|
|March 15, 2020||Federal Stimulus, Local Leadership Are KeyThe farther away government gets from us, the less useful it becomes in matters that directly affect our lives.|
|September 29, 2019||Indiana Has a Hospital Monopoly ProblemThe most profitable industry in our state pays no property tax, no income tax, but overcharges schools, city and county governments for healthcare.|
|July 1, 2018||Public Sector Union Hurting Municipal GovernmentsUnions flourished when workers were interchangeable.|
|July 16, 2017||Thoughts on the Universal Basic IncomeThis program would put more money in our paychecks but also would eliminate the social safety net.|
|February 21, 2016||Some Surprising Lessons from CarrierIt would be wiser to invest in making people more productive.|
|June 22, 2014||Accountants to the RescueGovernments must report the level and type of future payment obligations on pensions.|
|March 30, 2014||Where Is the Fraud in Benefit Programs?Most government assistance programs, including SNAP and disability assistance, experience abuse of 1.5 percent or less.|
|October 28, 2012||More Clarity on Gender and PayIt should not be surprising that the majority of wage differences between men and women can be explained by schooling, occupational choice, and experience.|
|May 14, 2012||A European and American RecessionAs disparate facts, the conditions in Europe and the U.S. are disconcerting.|
Increasing Importance of Summer JobsThese jobs offer an opportunity to learn as well as earn money.
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.View archives