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Gender Issues: Women's Labor Days

What if a billion underutilized women entered the global economy during the next 10 years? Economies might get these growth rate boosts: Sweden: 2% US: 5% Brazil: 9% Japan: 9% South Africa: 10% United…

Population Futures

Imagine for a moment 3 groups of countries, each with a different population pyramid. The first has a huge bulge at the bottom, the second is wider in the middle and the third is relatively broad at t…

More Education Matters

15-year old U.S. students ranked #24 for math in an OECD assessment program (PISA). For reading, they placed #15. In a Teaching Company lecture called “Underperforming Schools” Wake Forest…

Visiting the Labor Market

We might need to adjust how we think about the labor market. Yes, we know that the unemployment rate for February was 8.9% and that 13.7 million people are jobless.  However, to encourage thought…

The Right Stuff

Giving a grade of “One Pinocchio,” the Washington Post assessed the accuracy of President Obama’s February 7, 2011 speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Most interesting, though, w…

Education Matters

The NY Times tells us that students who graduate from “elite” colleges could be more likely than those at less elite schools to earn more and attend a prestigious graduate school. As a res…