Welcoming to All

Good article in the New York Times about how high skill immigrants are major contributors to economic growth. It cites a study they commissioned to look at the role immigrants have played on economic growth since 1990 in the twenty five largest metropolitan areas. Consistent with other research they found that the metros doing the best are those with the…

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Mississippi Lessons

Why spend so much time on Mississippi? Because Michigan needs to get on a new path. And one of the ways of identifying that path is to look at states that are doing well now and/or positioned to do well in the future. So if per capita income growth rates are a good predictor of future prosperity – as many…

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Not Mississippi III

In a recent post the Mackinac Center argues that Mississippi should be a model for Michigan because it has a high per capita income growth rate. They specifically cite its performance over the most recent five years (2003-2008). Over that period Mississippi's per capita income grew 27.7% as compared to 24.5% nationally. I was curious why are they growing somewhat…

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Not Low Business Costs

I finally had the time to take a look at the annual competitiveness report published by Business Leaders for Michigan. The one that gets so much publicity because it shows Michigan has a cost of doing business 4% higher than the national average. Which they argue is what Michigan most needs to fix to grow its economy. Their own report…

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Right Brain Matters

Great column in AnnArbor.com by Tamara Real, the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance in Ann Arbor. Its about the value of arts education. Which as we all know is often first on the chopping block for k-12 schools. More broadly she cites the Right Brain Initiative which makes the case that to be successful we will need both left…

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