A Reach School For Every Kid

Didn’t get into Harvard? Well, it is good that you applied.  Research highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article today about the value of a college degree indicates that future economic success may be better predicted by where you apply…

Read More

A Constantly Changing Economy

The main business Michigan Future is in is trying to understand the flat world and then be a catalyst to better position Michigan and its citizens to prosper in that economy. Our core belief is that the people and communities…

Read More

Toyota

Interesting article by Nathan Bomey in annarbor.com. Its about Toyota apparently considering moving some of their knowledge jobs from California, with Ann Arbor being one of the leading options. Bomey cites our work in speculating that lower labor costs here…

Read More

Good Stuff from the GR Press

Two excellent opinion pieces this week from the Grand Rapids Press. One on college attainment being the key to economic growth, the other on low taxes not being the answer. Both worth reading. The editorial on college attainment has some…

Read More

Innovation is the Key

A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times lays out an innovation agenda. Its worth reading. Its based on a report from President Obama's National Economic Council. At the core the strategy is based on a belief that…

Read More

What to do with Failing Schools

Good article in the current issue of Education Next. Its called the Turnaround Fallacy. The author, Andy Smarick, argues that there really is no good evidence across the country that we know how to turn around schools that chronically produced…

Read More

The Myth of Michigan Big Government II

Quite frankly I was surprised at the data in my last blog about the big disparity in public sector employment in Michigan this decade compared to the nation. Nationally public sector employment up around six percent, in Michigan down six…

Read More

The Myth of Big Government Michigan

A common story about Michigan's economic woes is that we have a big and growing public sector that is discouraging/preventing private sector growth. Think again! In the new work by UM economist George Fulton and Don Grimes is a comparison…

Read More

Where Job Growth is Occurring

Included in some new work by my friends, UM economists George Fulton and Don Grimes, is an analysis of job growth in America from 2001-2008. They use the same framework we do by dividing the economy into high education attainment…

Read More