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Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone

June 28, 2017 Not long ago, prominent Democratic leaders like former President Barack Obama and progressive pundits like Paul Krugman publicly questioned what unskilled, low-paid immigrant laborers meant for American workers and the U.S. economy. Today, however, Democrats are almost totally unified in their support of open borders. That’s the basis of Peter...

Who Will Build the Next Big Tech Hub?

June 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High-tech talent is a key driver of the wealth and competitiveness of cities. But it’s highly concentrated in places across the United States and the world, following a winner-take-all pattern and reinforcing the geographic inequality that underpins our broader economic and political divides. While all of America’s top-ranked tech cities...

City vs. State: The Story So Far

June 13, 2017 As cities flex their muscles in opposition to President Trump’s policies on everything from climate change to immigration and economic development, they face a serious obstacle: sweeping state efforts to preempt their authority.These efforts date back well before Trump’s populist rise to power and span a whole host of critical...

The Reasons Why Americans Aren't Moving as Much These Days

February 5, 2017 Our ability to move to opportunity—our mobility—is a key factor in our own and our nation’s economic success. But the mobility of Americans has reached record lows, according the latest data from the U.S. Census. Just slightly more than one in ten Americans (11.2 percent) moved between 2015 and 2016,...

Why Gay-Friendly Places Are More Innovative

November 3, 2016 Policy issues related to LGBT inclusiveness remain a hot-button in many parts of the United States. I should know, I’ve felt the heat: My finding that more tolerant and gay-friendly metro areas also have higher rates of innovation and high-tech industry generated a firestorm of criticism, unlike anything I’ve ever...

America's Great Science and Technology Divide

November 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In today’s knowledge economy, science and technology are prerequisites for economic success. But which states are America’s science and technology leaders? A new report, the State Technology and Science Index, from Ross DeVol and his colleagues at the Milken Institute, illuminates the great divide separating America’s leading and lagging states,...

Where the Good Jobs Are

September 2, 2016 The good news for this Labor Day weekend is that America is producing jobs. The bad news is that lots of them are low-wage jobs, and most of them are concentrated in a relatively small number of metro areas. Those are the big takeaways from my detailed analysis of the...

Why So Many Foreign Fighters Flock to ISIS

August 10, 2016 Major ISIS-inspired terror attacks this summer have sent shock waves throughout the world. Europe has been hit especially hard with recent attacks, stoking fears that the continent may be especially vulnerable to foreign-trained ISIS fighters. A recent NBER study by the economists Efraim Benmelech of Northwestern University and Esteban Klor...

The Limits of Chicago's Back-to-the-City Movement

July 5, 2016 The back-to-the-city movement continues to be a hot-button issue among urbanists. On one side, some applaud it as source of talent, jobs, and revenue. On the other, critics deplore the unaffordable housing prices, gentrification, and displacement that has come along with it. That said, one thing has become increasingly clear:...

Which U.S. Cities Suffer the Most During a Recession?

June 10, 2016 In times of recession, some cities are hit much harder than others. A new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics takes a close look at the uneven effects of the past several business cycles, including the Great Recession, on America’s metros. To do so, it tracks monthly economic...