What’s Keeping Teens Out of Work

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Such soft skills, as they are also known, are usually developed through job experience, creating a Catch-22 for young would-be workers, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an economist at Northeastern University who studies hiring practices.

Soaring rents drain household budgets for millions of working people

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Rents are rising, and the working poor are spending more each month on housing, forcing tough choices between shelter and essentials, such as food and medicine. While local programs offer some assistance, the federal government has no appetite for addressing the crisis in affordable housing, and experts say without a coordinated national effort, the crisis will deepen.

Modular building innovation could be the future of Boston

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By Mike Ross | The Boston Globe | April 6, 2015 AS I recently watched my 7-year-old nephew effortlessly assemble a fabulous building from Lego pieces, it gave me an idea about Boston’s housing needs. Maybe Boston officials and developers could learn something from him and those easy-to-use reusable blocks. The city must find more […]

Boston 2024 bid officer presents Olympic case

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Boston 2024 chief bid officer Erin Murphy explained why the city should host the Summer Olympics on Wednesday night at North­eastern, saying that the Games rep­re­sent a huge eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity for Massachusetts.

Gloucester development: strengths, needs

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As far as city websites go, Gloucester’s fails — at least according to one Northeastern professor and economist.

It takes a ‘millennial’ village to get cheap housing in Boston

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By Dante Ramos | The Boston Globe | March 25, 2015 THE TERM “millennial village” conjures up funny images — think of a tiny hamlet where the natives live in thatched huts and communicate via Snapchat. But if a playful new name is what’s necessary to get cheap, compact housing built in Boston, then bring it […]

More Proof That Graduating in the Recession Was Awful

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“Employers were able to get that college-educated worker on the cheap,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, a Northeastern University professor and the paper’s lead author.

Boston housing market working to match supply and demand

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Demand for housing in Boston is currently out of line with supply, according to the 12th annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card of 2014-2015, released Tuesday by The Boston Foundation.

Economist targets Rockport strengths, needs

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Parking, traffic, and a slow permitting process may be scaring businesses away from Rockport, professor and noted economist Barry Bluestone told residents and business leaders Thursday night.

Mass. jobless rate falls to 4.9%

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Massachusetts employers added a net 800 jobs in February, after increasing payrolls by 900 jobs in January.

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