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|January 29, 2023||The 2023 ForecastThe reason for worry about a recession is the Federal Reserve’s response to high inflation.|
|December 4, 2022||Inflation Will Make the Legislature’s Job Difficult This YearThe budget challenges faced by state legislatures are twofold.|
|November 13, 2022||The Timing of Economic PolicyCentral planning of economic activity likely will result in wasteful, ineffective policies.|
|November 6, 2022||Adopt the Governor’s Public Health Commission Report Proposals Hoosier health problems are in areas that are the most susceptible to public health interventions.|
|October 2, 2022||Recession Likelihood GrowsIt is too early to predict a recession but not its effects.|
|August 21, 2022||Limiting Future InflationOverreacting to inflation can be worse to the economy than underreacting.|
|June 26, 2022||Inflation Affects Each Family DifferentlyWe understand earthquakes and hurricanes better than we do inflation.|
|May 15, 2022||Inflation Is a Policy and Political ProblemWe should all be humble in our criticism of the federal government in causing inflation.|
|February 18, 2022||More Thoughts on InflationLike George Bailey explained in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the money held in his savings and loan wasn’t in the bank safe, it was in the mortgages and small business loans around the city.|
|February 6, 2022||Some Surprising Lessons from COVID Learning LossThe median school saw pass rates on standardized tests drop by more than 10 percent.|
|January 23, 2022||Indiana’s Long-Term Economic Prospects Are PoorState policymakers should be deeply alarmed about a return to a ‘normal’ economy.|
|December 5, 2021||Some More Talk About Inflation RisksA price increase does not equate inflation.|
|November 21, 2021||Tax Debate Should Be About Value of Government Services, Not PriceOver the past two decades, Indiana cut business taxes and saw agonizingly slow economic growth.|
|October 17, 2021||Market Adjustments Aren’t InflationToday, inflation is running far less than 1.0 percentage point off trend.|
|July 11, 2021||What Is ‘Quality of Place?’When choosing a place to live, workers consider the wages they will earn against the cost of housing and access to amenities.|
|June 23, 2019||Low Cost of Living Probably Means Low-Valued CommunityThe value of two identical homes will vary by as much as 25 percent given the quality of the local schools.|
|June 24, 2018||Temporal Inequality Is Much Larger Than Income Inequality TodayFrom antiquity to about 1650, the average person existed at the margin of subsistence.|
|December 22, 2013||An Economic Model for the HolidaysRegional growth is a gift that keeps on giving through high-quality places to live.|
|November 17, 2013||QE3 and the Labor MarketThe sign of a truly positive jobs report would be the decline of stock prices in anticipation of the end of QE3.|
|November 3, 2013||A New Minimum Wage DebateIf we really wanted to help minimum wage workers, we could do better.|
|October 20, 2013||A Still Uncertain EconomySomething remains terribly wrong in the U.S. economy, but there are some tantalizing hints|
|September 8, 2013||Income, Amenities and Affordable HousingPerceived value of employment and quality of school districts are two factors affecting personal income in our communities.|
Remote Work Through the Eyes of Three 20-SomethingsRemote work is here to stay.
Remote Work and Labor MarketsThere are more remote workers today than there are immigrants in the U.S.
The Amish in IndianaIt is hard not to draw similarities between the Amish and newer immigrant groups.
Subsidizing Builders Fixes the Wrong Housing ProblemRemote workers and their families can now live wherever they wish.View archives