Measuring Inequality Trends During the Great Recession

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Before 1960, there wasn’t much academic or public policy interest in inequality. The focus instead was on poverty, especially among the elderly and in urban slums and rural areas.

Telecommuting won’t fix snow woes

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Bluestone argued that telecommuting has been oversold and listed an array of jobs that can’t be done from the kitchen table. “Doctors are not yet ready,” he said, “to do emergency surgery by computer.”

BPR: Dukakis’ MBTA ‘Du’s’ and Don’ts, Ash Wednesday, And Joe Biden

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“We host Governor Mike Dukakis to get his take on the MBTA situation: What his administration did, and what the current stewards could be doing better.”

Hispanic areas lag in housing recovery

Hispanic communities were particularly vulnerable to unscrupulous lenders during the last housing boom and the hardest hit by the bust, experiencing the sharpest drop and slowest recovery in home values, according to a study to be released Monday.

Unsexy but tech-forward industries offer hope to middle class

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You won’t read many stories proposing Detroit, with its hollowed-out street grid and its much-publicized financial woes, as any kind of model for the 21st-century economy. The future is Facebook, not Ford, right?

Mass. posts strongest year for job growth since 2000

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Massachusetts ended 2014 with another month of strong job gains, pushing the unemployment rate to its lowest level since 2008 and posting the best year for job gains since the dot-com boom.

Real estate market rebounds north of Boston

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First-time homebuyers George Tzelias and Ashley Makevich started their climb on the property ladder with high hopes. They wanted a home with at least three bedrooms, lots of land, and loads of charm.

Stephanie Pollack selected as MA Secretary of Transportation

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On January 13th, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Stephanie Pollack would become the new Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts. Stephanie was recruited to the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center in 2006 and soon assumed the role of Associate Director working alongside Director Barry Bluestone.  She headed up all of the transportation research projects at the Center […]

Signs favor optimism for the economy

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At the start of 2014, cold weather blanketed most of the country, chilling retail and auto sales, and dampening hiring. But the economy warmed after winter passed and heated up in the second half of the year as employers added hundreds of thousands of new jobs, consumers opened their wallets, and the stock market soared to new heights.

Mass. posts biggest monthly job gain in more than 3 years

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By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | December 19, 2014 Massachusetts posted its biggest monthly job gains in more than three years in November, another sign that an accelerating economic expansion is boosting employment across industries. The state’s employers added 13,500 jobs last month, the most since July 2011, according to the Executive Office […]

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