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|March 5, 2023||The Amish in IndianaIt is hard not to draw similarities between the Amish and newer immigrant groups.|
|May 29, 2022||Let Us Ask More of Ourselves on Memorial DayToday’s challenges demand an understanding of evolving facts and trends.|
|January 16, 2022||Americans Are Quietly Realizing Dr. King’s VisionMLK’s words are part of the canon of American political writing, and belong to a long tradition of Enlightenment thought.|
|December 26, 2021||Some Lessons from Hallmark Christmas MoviesA lot of economic ideas are packed into Hallmark movies.|
|October 18, 2020||Honest Self-Assessment Key to Future Growth If community leaders are focused on the short term, there is a natural tendency to ignore long term problems.|
|November 24, 2018||Thanksgiving for Economic Growth and Human FlourishingAcross the developed world, poverty is no longer the result of economic conditions.|
|December 25, 2016||Holiday Season a Good Time to Think About Personal ChoiceWe make choices about leisure, labor, making a living, and building a life.|
|March 20, 2016||Mysteries of Economic PopulismDiscerning actual policy recommendations from Mr. Sanders and Mr. Trump is not a trivial task.|
|February 14, 2016||Economic Development Policies Point to Bigger Statewide ProblemsTheir problem isn’t that they have too few jobs, but rather that the folks who hold those jobs don’t want to live in those counties.|
|December 20, 2015||Leisure Labor Trade-off and the Holiday SeasonOur economy may be growing in areas that GDP doesn’t cover.|
|August 23, 2015||More Deportation FolliesBecause of our strict legal immigration policies, poorer folks have little choice but to come here illegally.|
|August 9, 2015||Who Actually Pays Taxes?All taxes are ultimately paid by households, either directly through various taxes or indirectly through price changes.|
|May 24, 2015||A Lesson from Guadalcanal on Memorial DayThe things that divide us matter less than those things that unite us.|
|March 8, 2015||Market Forces Have Changed Teacher EducationTwo factors affect enrollment in teaching programs, but not the factors many think of first.|
|February 8, 2015||A Re-Look at the “Creative Class”How do communities attract workers employed in the jobs of tomorrow?|
|October 19, 2014||Polarized Labor Markets and the Supply and Demand of Unskilled Workers High-skilled and low-skilled workers face very different futures in this economy.|
|August 31, 2014||Liberalism on Campus Is Mostly IrrelevantIn my experience, few professors use their political feelings to inspire their coursework.|
|January 12, 2014||The Coming Fed ActionsDevelopments in the Federal Reserve stimulus argument brew tantalizing ideas.|
|December 22, 2013||An Economic Model for the HolidaysRegional growth is a gift that keeps on giving through high-quality places to live.|
|November 10, 2013||Veterans and Society in the Years to ComeRecent veterans comprise just over 1 percent of the population but will leave a lasting mark on business and society.|
|November 3, 2013||A New Minimum Wage DebateIf we really wanted to help minimum wage workers, we could do better.|
|October 13, 2013||Welcome the Debate, Even If It Ain’t PrettyThe size and scope of our government is in tension with the available dollars we can tax from households and businesses.|
|April 15, 2013||Bourgeois Dignity and the Modern WorldIf the encouragement of a young Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison or Bill Gates is key to economic growth, how are we doing as a nation?|
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