The value of a college degree

Public conversation these days is filled with talk of the declining value of getting a college education. Don't believe it! The earnings premium from a four year degree or more is greater today than ever and almost certainly will grow…

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Not the South

What is most disturbing about the "we should be like the South" mantra is that, by and large, these are the lowest education attainment states in the country. Most of those who advocate becoming like the South also say that…

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the Education Multiplier

Terrific blog by Harvard's Edward Glaeser in the NY Times on the power of education attainment for regional economies. Worth reading! He finds that today those without college degrees have lower unemployment rates in regions with high college attainment than…

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Choosing A Model for Michigan

I started a presentation at the West Michigan Policy Forum with a thought experiment. Which of two state economies would you prefer for Michigan? State A per capita income $43,000, unemployment rate of 6.8%, poverty rate of 9.6% or State…

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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…

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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…

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