Recent Presentations

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The Massachusetts Economy and the Critical Importance of Skills Development

On October 19, 2016, Senior Research Associate Barry Bluestone presented at the Northeastern University Career Counselors Consortium on Massachusetts economy. Download Presentation (PDF)

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Housing Affordability and the Impact of Demographic & Generational Shifts

On June 14, 2016, Senior Research Associate Barry Bluestone presented at GAO Housing Forum on housing affordability. Download Presentation (PDF)  

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Canada/New England: Opportunities for Regional Growth

On June 9, 2016, Senior Research Associate Barry Bluestone presented at New England Economic Partnership on opportunities for regional growth. Download Presentation (PDF)  

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In the News

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Obama will leave office with unemployment at 4.7 percent

By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe On the month of President Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, the US economy bled nearly 800,000 jobs and the unemployment rate was speeding toward its peak of 10 percent. He leaves office with the jobless rate down to 4.7 percent in December, wages showing their strongest pickup in […]

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Worker shortages, moderate growth expected for 2017

By Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe The state’s leading economists expect the Massachusetts economy to grow at a moderate pace this year, but warn that the low unemployment rate could create worker shortages in certain fields, including construction and skilled manufacturing. “The Massachusetts economy is fast approaching full capacity,” the editorial board of the […]

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Tricks of the Trade

By WCVB A recent study published by the Brookings Institute shows that 20% of all American jobs are now in the STEM field, and only about half of those positions require a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Those so-called “blue-collar” jobs are in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and utility service fields. Often, going into a field that […]

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Dukakis Center Experts

Barry Bluestone

Barry Bluestone

Expertise: Housing policy, local economic development strategies, labor market analysis, regional demographics, labor-management relations, and state and local public finance

Joan Fitzgerald

Joan Fitzgerald

Expertise: Climate-change planning, economic development, renewable energy, urban economic development, urban sustainability

Alan Clayton-Matthews

Alan Clayton-Matthews

Expertise: Labor market assessment, state and local finance, urban economic development, urban fiscal policy, economic policy evaluation

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Expertise: Labor market dynamics, skills mismatch, youth labor market attachment, migration, housing, health care reform, regional economic analysis

Catherine Tumber

Catherine Tumber

Expertise: Urban policy, planning, design, economic development, housing policy, US social and cultural history

Eleanor G. White

Eleanor G. White

Expertise: Housing policy

James Huessy

James Huessy

Expertise: Housing, policy, economic development

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