The economic case for density

In two recent New York Times posts Paul Krugman has explored the economic benefits dense regions enjoy compared to those characterized by sprawl. They are worth checking out. The first looks at the Detroit bankruptcy. Its entitled "A Tale of…

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The safety net and unions

The Paul Krugman column that I wrote about previously is as much about the value of a strong safety net and unions as it is about his belief that we have exaggerated the value of a college degree. Krugman argues…

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The value of a college degree

Lots of folks have asked for my reaction to the recent Paul Krugman New York Times column that a college degree is less and less a path to good paying jobs and careers. Krugman argues that globalization and technology are…

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Not Texas

The state we are probably lectured about the most as a model for how Michigan state government should work like is Texas. The story goes they are a low tax/low spending/weak union state and therefore has a strong economy. Think…

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What are we thinking?

Another great New York Times column from Paul Krugman on the importance of infrastructure.  And our current hostility to providing funding for what has always been an important component of the country's economic strategy and success. How we got to…

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The Basics: Education and Infrastructure

When I started working in economic development more than thirty years ago –time does fly when you are having fun – conventional wisdom was that the state's chief role was education and infrastructure. They were considered the foundation on which…

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