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|February 11, 2024
|Some More Truth About Manufacturing and TradeManufacturing employment peaked decades earlier than manufacturing production.
|January 28, 2024
|Do Record Levels of Capital Investment Benefit Citizens?Taxpayers may be appropriately skeptical about business relocation announcements.
|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 17, 2023
|Great Economic Holiday GiftsThe end of year data is giving economy watchers plenty cause for holiday cheer.
|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.
|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.
|July 23, 2023
|Populists Are Wrong—Life Is Better TodayMany problems arise when comparing the past to today.
|April 16, 2023
|What New AI Might Do to Labor MarketsThe human advantage lies in creative intelligence and social organization.
|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.
|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.
|January 1, 2023
|The CHIPS Act Was Wise LegislationSemiconductors are a key part of national defense, among other industries.
|October 30, 2022
|Remarkable Productivity Growth in Hospitality and TourismA more productive business requires—and hires—fewer workers.
|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.
|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.
|January 30, 2022
|Chick-fil-A as a Tasty Window into InnovationThe effective mix of people and technology fueled a 16 percent growth in sales.
|October 31, 2021
|Who Can Fix Our Supply Chain Issues?Congress could ease logistics problems in any number of ways; the private sector is already at work.
|October 3, 2021
|Automation and Today’s Labor Market ChallengesThe process of workers matching with employers is messy and slow.
|August 8, 2021
|The Inflation Puzzle, Partly SolvedInflation reduces the standard of living of families and slows economic growth.
|June 6, 2021
|What Economists Got Right and Wrong about COVIDShifts in labor, occupational structure, and community amenities influence the degree of recovery.
|May 23, 2021
|Thoughts on the Infrastructure PlanThis plan is perhaps too large but could be more effective than expected.
|December 27, 2020
|Some Thoughts on the Coal EconomyMany of the cities and towns born in the Industrial Revolution have lost their original economic reason for being.
|September 27, 2020
|COVID May Amplify Factory Job TrendsFor manufacturing, production continues to grow and employment continues to decline.
|July 19, 2020
|School Re-opening Decision Is Tough, Politicizing Masks Makes It HarderIndiana has about 1.1 million kids in grades K-12, and many have little-to-no high-speed internet access.
|June 7, 2020
|What Long-Term Changes Might We Anticipate from These Crises?The first half of 2020 has given us a trade war, global pandemic, economic downturn, and protests.
|October 20, 2019
|Automation Risk, Trade Risk, and Public Policy We have 6 million fewer factory jobs since 1969.
|August 11, 2019
|Trade and the Division of LaborThe elemental essence of human interaction is trade.
|July 21, 2019
|Remembering Apollo 11I remember clearly the night of the landing, the grainy images on a small black and white TV, and the suited newscaster.
|May 5, 2019
|Data on Productivity Sends an Ominous Warning to Indiana’s EconomyThe slowdown in GDP growth since the Great Recession is a puzzle with many potential causes.
|December 9, 2018
|Factory Productivity Growth Isn’t About Machines, but PeopleEven if our industry is dominated by technology, we often fail to see how this affects production within our firms.
|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.
|September 30, 2018
|Broadband Funding the Right Move, for Unexpected ReasonsMeasures of regional inequality were worse due to the absence of this technology.
|July 8, 2018
|Donnelly’s Automation Adjustment Act Should Be EnactedMost workers were not eligible for assistance because of job losses to automation, not trade.
|January 21, 2018
|Carrier Illustrates the Big Economic Shifts of Our TimeMachines eliminate some labor and shift the skill and educational requirements of the surviving jobs.
|December 24, 2017
|Manufacturing in Growth and TransitionSince 2001, 60 percent of all manufacturing GDP growth has occurred in just 10 cities.
|December 17, 2017
|Bitcoin Isn’t Aging WellBitcoin remains an intriguing presence on the fringe of commerce.
|November 12, 2017
|Time for More Strategic Thinking on EducationThe skills students need over the long run are those that enable them to master non-routine cognitive tasks.
|July 23, 2017
|Automation, Trade and Urbanization Require More Resilient People and PlacesOur study implies that regional inequality might be poised for a big increase.
|March 19, 2017
|Taxing Robots Is NonsenseBill Gates is right to worry about tax systems, but he takes the wrong approach in solution.
|March 12, 2017
|We Need Better Planning for Automation-Related Effects on WorkersOur workforce must learn to adapt to automation.
|February 19, 2017
|Technology Related Job Losses of the Last CenturyTechnological changes led to a shift of 1.5 million jobs from one industry alone in Indiana.
|July 17, 2016
|The Lessons of Pokémon GoThe game’s value lies in the economic, social, and health impacts.
|March 27, 2016
|Technology Both Complements and Substitutes for LaborTechnology has replaced workers in routine, yet costly, occupations.
|April 12, 2015
|The Information/ Data Revolution and Its PossibilitiesOnline resources have improved our ability to fact-check and conduct our own research on the topics that interest us.
|March 7, 2011
|Telecom Reform in Indiana Worked. . . deregulation of monopolies tends to almost always make consumers better off. Indiana’s broad and effective telecommunications reform of 2006 is a classic example of this.
|May 21, 2007
|The Wireless Challenge to Survey Research"It is an irony of the information age that the same technology that makes it so simple and inexpensive to communicate and ship information from anywhere to anywhere can frustrate attempts to collect it."
|July 17, 2006
|Old Versus New in Telecommunications Reform "...many generations of Hoosiers, like others throughout the nation, have lived knowing only the world of regulated phone service, where commissions hold hearings for public comment on rate increases and the chaos of competition is far away."
|February 10, 2006
|We Avoid Complex Issues at Our Risk " We’re kicking plenty of cans down the road these days, waiting for painless solutions to present themselves, which, of course, they never do."
|November 4, 2005
|Another Failing Technology Grade "... as once backwater states like Idaho and Utah move up the rankings while we remain stationary, one can only ask, why can’t it happen here?"