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|jobs and employment
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|budget and spending
|migration and population change
|workforce and human capital
|February 11, 2024
|Some More Truth About Manufacturing and TradeManufacturing employment peaked decades earlier than manufacturing production.
|December 31, 2023
|Education After High School Is the Path to Middle-Class LifeJobs of the future require at least some college training.
|December 24, 2023
|Leaving Behind Dickensian PovertyThis Christmas holiday is not about worldly wealth, but it is a time of giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy.
|December 10, 2023
|Manufacturing Matters, but Not for Creating JobsManufacturing is important because it is the source of a significant share of regional productivity growth.
|December 3, 2023
|The ‘Great Discordance’ of Economic Fact and FeelingThat Americans appear to prefer higher unemployment over historically mild inflation is not something any of us should be proud of.
|November 19, 2023
|Are We in a Period of New Union Activism?The bigger effect of unions appears to be how they influence labor markets outside the firms in which they’ve organized.
|October 22, 2023
|Economic Perceptions Driven by Educational and Geographic Differences in ProsperityThe geography of economic opportunity is shrinking.
|October 8, 2023
|Falling Behind Mississippi Indiana now sends 52.9 percent of high school graduates to college, while Mississippi sends 81 percent.
|September 24, 2023
|Don’t Expect the UAW to GrowThere is no evidence of a resurgence in the UAW or other industrial unions today.
|September 10, 2023
|China Is a Poor and Failing NationChina is getting in the way of its own economic growth.
|September 3, 2023
|Work From Home Is Here to StayAt least 1 million Hoosiers work from home at least one day per week.
|August 13, 2023
|A More Thoughtful Understanding of Quality of LifeRunning through a hypothetical list of amenities is the worst way to think about improving quality of life.
|July 30, 2023
|The Midwest Doesn’t Have a Housing Crisis, It Has a Neighborhood CrisisIn many areas, a new home cannot sell for the cost of construction.
|July 23, 2023
|Populists Are Wrong—Life Is Better TodayMany problems arise when comparing the past to today.
|July 9, 2023
|Human Capital Is the Source of ProsperitySuccessful places are both good for business and good for families.
|July 2, 2023
|July 4th and American-Style ConservatismA true American conservative cannot believe that government should promote that faith, or treat those of other faiths differently.
|June 25, 2023
|Growing and Declining Places Have Different ChallengesThe Midwest came of age at a time when natural amenities and recreational opportunities played only a modest role in prosperity or migration.
|June 11, 2023
|“Of Boys and Men” by Richard Reeves Is a Must ReadThe gender gap in education is larger than any racial or ethnic gap.
|June 4, 2023
|Increasing Importance of Summer JobsThese jobs offer an opportunity to learn as well as earn money.
|May 28, 2023
|Educational Attainment, the 21st Century Fund and the Future of SchoolingIndiana ranks 42nd in educational attainment.
|May 7, 2023
|Money Illusion and InflationPrice fluctuation could cause inflation to last longer, but it didn’t cause the inflation, it simply extends the pain.
|April 23, 2023
|Economic Opportunity Is Now in High Quality of Life PlacesAs Americans grew richer, we began to value more than just economic opportunity in our location choices.
|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 26, 2023
|Subsidizing Builders Fixes the Wrong Housing ProblemRemote workers and their families can now live wherever they wish.
|February 19, 2023
|Balancing the Federal BudgetThere’s no silver bullet that will return our debt to comfortable levels.
|January 15, 2023
|Three Types of Public DebtAll types of public debt are effectively transfers of wealth from the future to our present selves.
|January 8, 2023
|Remote Work Is Indiana’s Biggest Opportunity and RiskThere are now more Hoosiers in remote work than there are in manufacturing and logistics combined.
|December 18, 2022
|The Anderson Family Scholar HouseThe best assistance for a family comes comprehensively.
|December 4, 2022
|Inflation Will Make the Legislature’s Job Difficult This YearThe budget challenges faced by state legislatures are twofold.
|November 20, 2022
|Black Friday Is ChangingConsumers and businesses alike will adjust to these tighter labor markets.
|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.
|September 11, 2022
|Benefits and Costs of EducationFor the vast majority of students, college is among the best financial investments they will ever make.
|August 28, 2022
|Student Loan Forgiveness Is a Policy MistakeThis addition to federal debt during this time risks worsening inflation.
|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.
|July 17, 2022
|My 750th ColumnColumns like mine are designed to help people think about issues they might otherwise not read about.
|June 26, 2022
|Inflation Affects Each Family DifferentlyWe understand earthquakes and hurricanes better than we do inflation.
|June 19, 2022
|Yes, State Stimulus Checks Boost InflationTax reductions and rebates can only increase inflation.
|May 8, 2022
|The Lives of Mothers Through the Last CenturyThe women of the 20th century witnessed the most stunning technological and economic growth.
|May 1, 2022
|Lilly CEO Speaks to Indiana’s FutureIndiana must better educate a higher share of its young adults and make more communities into places they’d like to live.
|March 20, 2022
|Quality of Life Spending Is a Conservative PolicyHome prices and wages signal the desirability of communities.
|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.
|January 23, 2022
|Indiana’s Long-Term Economic Prospects Are PoorState policymakers should be deeply alarmed about a return to a ‘normal’ economy.
|December 26, 2021
|Some Lessons from Hallmark Christmas MoviesA lot of economic ideas are packed into Hallmark movies.
|November 28, 2021
|A Time to Give ThanksIf Mr. Lincoln could find reason to call us together for a day of gratitude, we can now have no cause to do otherwise.
|November 14, 2021
|It Is Time to Be Honest About Debt, Spending and TaxationSpending that makes us more productive often pays for itself through increased GDP that is then taxed.
|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.
|September 5, 2021
|The Evolving Nature of WorkWork has the potential to provide meaning and satisfaction, unconnected to the economic importance of the task at hand.
|August 15, 2021
|More Questions Than Answers About the Post-COVID WorkplaceWorkplaces vary widely in their degree of flexibility and productivity during the pandemic.
|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 20, 2021
|Looking Back at a Century of Father’s DaysThe lives of our fathers and their fathers are representative of the early and mid-20th century.
|April 25, 2021
|Polarization of Jobs and PlacesUnfortunately, short-term spending policies aren't likely have much long-term effect on the decline of middle-wage jobs.
|February 7, 2021
|Indiana’s Lagging Educational AttainmentFinancial security without a college degree is possible but not probable.
|January 31, 2021
|How This Recession Is UnfoldingIt appears now that we’ll end 2020 with a downturn that ranks in the top five to seven worst years since the 1920s.
|November 29, 2020
|Regional Divergence and Local TaxesIn recent decades, nearly all large urban places thrived, while smaller cities and rural places mostly stagnated.
|September 6, 2020
|COVID-19 and InequalityThe pandemic continues to exert a historic effect on our economy, and we must confront it with honesty, facts and determination.
|November 17, 2019
|Beware Claims of a Golden Age in Our EconomyWe cannot go back, and are naïve to want to do so.
|November 24, 2018
|Thanksgiving for Economic Growth and Human FlourishingAcross the developed world, poverty is no longer the result of economic conditions.
|August 5, 2018
|Midwest Must Save Middle Class NeighborhoodsIf your community isn’t thriving, your problems are far deeper than you suppose.
|June 18, 2017
|The State of Fatherhood in 2017Single-parent households face a number of challenges.
|May 3, 2015
|No Jobs for High School Grads Since 2009Job creation has occurred only for workers with an education beyond the high school diploma.
|November 16, 2014
|We Need Thoughtful, Sustained Policies for Growth, Not GimmicksLet's focus on an educated workforce and quality of place.