Ballard on the Michigan economy

MSU economics professor Charles Ballard just gave a terrific presentation on the Michigan  economy. Highly recommended! Ballard's main themes are: Michigan's population decline has followed its economic decline Michigan has moved from being a high to low prosperity state The main causes…

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Growing Ann Arbor

Had an opportunity to talk with the Ann Arbor City Council about the economic future of the city. (For an excellent summary of the session see this MLive article.) My remarks and the conversation was mainly about retaining and attracting…

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The safety net and employment

Conventional wisdom seems to be that a generous safety net reduces the number of people that work. The thinking goes if you pay people enough not to work, they won't seek and find work. Acting on those beliefs, Michigan, particularly…

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Mayor Heartwell

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell's latest State of the City Address is terrific. Worth reading. It lays out an agenda for making Grand Rapids a place where people from across the planet want to live and work. Its an agenda…

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