Michigan is a low wage state

Michigan was the birthplace of the 20th Century American mass middle class. Largely built on a foundation of high paid blue collar –– mainly unionized factory –– jobs. It is the main reason Michigan was one of the most prosperous…

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Lots of press coverage

All of a sudden there has been a lot of press coverage of our work: I did an interview with Cynthia Canty for Michigan Radio’s Stateside.  For those of you who have 13 minutes it is a real good overview…

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Politics vs Economics III

In his analysis of the recent elections which I wrote about previously Richard Florida quotes the Cato Institute's Brink Lindsey. Who said Here, in the first decade of the 21st century, the rival ideologies of left and right are both…

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Lessons from Metro Pittsburgh

Many in Michigan seem to believe that the decline of the domestic auto industry and more generally the loss of so many high-wage factory jobs, means that the state will never again be prosperous. We disagree! The best evidence of…

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Men Declining?

Provocative and important cover story in the current issue of the the Atlantic. It's entitled The End of Men? Clearly exaggerated, but the main point of the article that men are having a harder time than women making the transition…

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A Tale of Two Economies

Good article (with video interview of George Fulton) by Nathan Bomey at AnnArbor.com. Its called Education Chasm. Its the new reality we all need to adjust too. Using data from a new projection of Washtenaw County by UM's Fulton and…

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Apple Again

After reading my previous post on Apple, John Austin, of the State Board of Education and the Brookings Institution, sent me a terrific study. Its from the Personal Computing Industry Center at the UC Irvine. Its topic is job creation…

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