Category Archives: National vs. state vs. local

Local areas matter for income mobility, especially for younger kids, and especially for kids from lower-income families

David Leonhardt of the New York Times has highlighted a recent article by economists Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, and Emmanuel Saez.  Chetty et al use IRS data to look at how the income mobility of children varies across … Continue reading

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What should policymakers do about state and local business incentives?

Louise Story of the New York Times has a series, starting December 2nd (2012), on state and local business incentives. Full disclosure: I was interviewed by Ms. Story for the series, and I am quoted in the first article. From … Continue reading

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U.S. job growth and education jobs

The latest U.S. job growth figures, released this morning (September 7, 2012) by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, continued to show positive growth, but at an insufficient rate to boost employment rates and labor market conditions. If we focus … Continue reading

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State government revenue capacity

The New York Times gave front-page coverage, on July 18, 2012, to a recent report by the State Budget Crisis Task Force. This report argued that states faced major long-term budget problems due to “rising health care costs, underfunded pensions, … Continue reading

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Federal versus state and local roles in children’s programs

I was recently asked to comment on a report by First Focus, which describes itself as “a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions”. This report, released on June 27, … Continue reading

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ReadyNation issue brief on my book

ReadyNation has a new and improved version of an issue brief that summarizes my 2011 book, Investing in Kids. This issue brief summarizes the main points of my book, and accompanies this summary with some great graphics. Specifically, the issue brief … Continue reading

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Why relocation doesn’t solve local labor market problems

Well-known blogger Matt Yglesias has an interesting post commenting on labor economist Enrico Moretti’s recent Wall Street Journal column. Moretti argues that policymakers should help workers to move away from high unemployment metro areas. (Moretti’s column is based in part … Continue reading

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Different views of “investing in Julia”

Nancy Folbre, an economist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has a good on-line column at the New York Times on the recent controversy over the Obama campaign’s online ad about an imaginary woman named Julia. The Obama ad tried to … Continue reading

Posted in Economic development, National vs. state vs. local

Universal pre-K and the Presidential campaign

Prominent bloggers Kevin Drum and Matt Yglesias have both linked to Dana Goldstein’s brief blog post suggesting that universal pre-K be a key issue in the Presidential campaign. Dana Goldstein advocates for high-quality universal pre-K and child care for all … Continue reading

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Making the case for pre-K: some fiscal and economic arithmetic

Andrew Rotherham has an April 5th Time magazine column with the ominous title, “Are Pre-K Programs About To Get Gutted?” Mr. Rotherham apparently has access to an advance copy of the forthcoming annual report on state preschool programs from the … Continue reading

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