Raising our standard of living

Michigan Future's work started with the question “where do we want to go from here?” Our answer: a high-prosperity Michigan – a place with a per capita income consistently above the national average in both national economic expansions and contractions.…

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Previews of our new report

Two recent articles preview our upcoming annual progress report on Michigan's  transition to a knowledge-based economy. This is will be the fifth of these reports that Don Grimes and I have done on how well Michigan is doing compared to…

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Michigan’s demographic challenge

We close our presentations with "either Michigan gets younger and better educated or we will get poorer". Both matter and for both the trends are not good. Many of these posts are about the necessity of getting better educated. Michigan…

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Education and inequality

We have written frequently on the correlation between college attainment and both income and employment. It is now the best predictor of  both. (See data in this previous post.) Education attainment is also a––if not the–major cause of rising income…

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An anti-poverty agenda

Paul Tough concludes his must read new book, How Children Succeed, with ideas on how American can far better deal with poverty. He starts with a belief that the best of the urban reform schools across the country (KIPP and…

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Taxes and economic growth

Like most of America, Michigan's chief economic growth strategy for at least two decades has been cutting taxes. As you know, our research has indicated that what a state and its local governments tax and how much has little or…

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Germany as a model

Governor Snyder and others have suggested Germany as a model for what they would like the Michigan economy to be. Largely a place that makes products that are in demand across the planet. A Michigan that once again is a…

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