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.

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.”

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?

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 […]

Barry Bluestone on WBUR: Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

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For many in Boston, housing is a huge challenge. From price to availability, finding a place where you want to live — and that you can afford — is tough. That there are simply too many people who want to live here and not enough places to meet that demand.

Alan Clayton-Matthews on worries of a slowing global economy

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Europe and China are among Massachusetts biggest export markets and the weakening of those economies could affect the state’s economic growth, said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economics professor and Northeastern University. Among the questions are whether Europe will slip back into recession and China’s overheated real estate market will end in a bust that would unsettle the global economy.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook: The New Blue Collar Jobs Of Tomorrow

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The new blue collar jobs. We’ll look at where they are and what it will take to get one.

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