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|August 7, 2022||It Is Time to Face the Facts About Factory JobsThe education and skills of today’s displaced factory workers don’t match the many available jobs nationwide.|
|December 2, 2018||GM’s Layoffs Are a Warning to Indiana’s Workforce PoliciesFactory jobs are not coming back and manufacturing employment will be a much smaller share of US jobs in the future.|
|October 22, 2017||Rustbelt Was Losing People Long Before They Lost Factory JobsIn the 1960s, population decline was already evident in the fated Rustbelt cities.|
|August 23, 2010||Good Reads on America’s Car IndustryConsumers got fed up and foreign competitors clobbered the Big Three|
|December 29, 2009||Bailout is the Prelude to BankruptcyGM and Chrysler must get rid of job banks, ease a greater share of health care and pension costs to workers and build flexibility into their labor contracts.|
|August 31, 2009||Irony of Cash for Clunkers PopularityGiven the weariness of the American taxpayer to recent spending, the $4 billion price tag looked like chump change.|
|June 8, 2009||GM Pushed to BankruptcyThe complicity of management with the UAW is what is meant when speaking of a failed corporate culture.|
|June 1, 2009||Chrysler Bankruptcy Plan has Unintended ConsequencesTo get this agreement in place, the administration busily demonized 'investors'.|
|February 23, 2009||CAFÉ Standards Not as Effective as Gas TaxTaxes are unpopular and require an understanding of how markets work.|
|July 9, 2007||Can the Big Three Come Back?"There are more viable companies in the U.S. market today than at any time since the 1920's ...."|
|June 12, 2006||Motor Vehicle Jobs: Past or Future? "Can Indiana swim against the tide and gain motor vehicle parts and assembly jobs in the coming years?"|
|March 13, 2006||What’s Next for Auto Industry Jobs"Despite the rhetoric of workers and executives, salvation is not one “hot” selling product away."|
|June 10, 2005||The Real Problem with General Motors "Clearly a healthy GM is a good thing for our state. But if we’re ever going to gain ground on the rest of the country in economic growth, we’ve got to start planting some eggs in different baskets."|
|April 8, 2005||Random Views from an Economist's Perspective "There are 92 counties in Indiana, large and small. Some of them are economic haves, but most are have-not’s."|
|February 18, 2005||Hard Times for Our Northern Neighbor "For the state that is the center of the automotive universe, headquarters of two of the three largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, you would think that these would be good times for Michigan."|
|September 26, 2003||Shifting Sands in the Motor Vehicle Industry "For the first time ever, Chrysler has been displaced by Toyota as the third best selling vehicle brand in America ."|
|February 15, 2002||Indiana's Love-Hate Relationship With Cars "By some accounting, the importance of motor vehicle manufacturing as an employer has shrunk steadily over the last two decades."|
|November 16, 2001||Changes Afoot in the Auto Industry "The motor vehicle industry, so vital to countless communities around Indiana, is steering into a fierce cross wind these days."|
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