Publications

Life Sciences Innovation as a Catalyst for Economic Development: The Role of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center


Author: Barry Bluestone and Alan Clayton-Matthews

This report provides an up-to-date, independent evaluation of the $1 billion, 10-year Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) charged with the responsibility of carrying out its mission. The initiative was established in 2008 by Governor Deval Patrick’s administration and the state legislature to encourage the growth of discovery and production…
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Shaping the Cape’s Future


Author: Nancy S. Lee, Barry Bluestone and Tracy A. Corley

Cape Cod, a peninsula off of the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, has a wealth of natural, historic, and cultural resources. These qualities make it a highly desirable place in which to live, work, vacation, and retire. Some consider the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to be part of Cape Cod but for the purposes…
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Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts


Author: Barry Bluestone, Don Walsh, Lauren Nicoll, and Chase Billingham, with assistance from Alan Clayton-Matthews, Marc Horne, David Streim, David Soule, Frank Buda, Russ Eckel, Greg Sheldon, and Don Zizzi

When the Dukakis Center published its major report on manufacturing in July 2008—Staying Power: The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts—few believed that manufacturing could rebound in the U.S. and even fewer thought it had much of a future in the Commonwealth. Manufacturing was moving offshore to places like China and Vietnam. If it remained at…
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State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure


Author: Barry Bluestone, James Huessy, and Catherine Tumber, with assistance from Rick Dimino, Tom Nally, Tom Ryan, and Sarah Shields

This report is a comprehensive examination of the impacts of population and economic growth on Greater Boston’s transportation, energy use, and water, sewer and waste management systems, as well as environment, open space, and the consequences of forecasted climate change on the region’s seaports over the next 15 years. The purpose of this report, modeled after our annual Greater…
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Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012


Author: Barry Bluestone, Anna Gartsman, Don Walsh, Russ Eckel, and James Huessy, with assistance from Alan Clayton-Matthews, Yingchan Zhang, and Dierdre Judge

Released in October 2012, Staying Power II found, as did the first report in 2008, that the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts is more robust and resilient than is commonly perceived. Productivity continues to increase at a rate much faster than the rest of the economy. Manufacturing remains the sixth-largest sector of the state’s economy and…
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The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2002


Author: Ryan Allen, Barry Bluestone, Bonnie Heudorfer, and Gretchen Weismann

The first Greater Boston Housing Report Card was released in 2002 and is the result of collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Policy (now known as the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy) at Northeastern University, the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), and The Boston Foundation. In September 2000, the Center…
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The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2003


Author: Bonnie Heudorfer, Barry Bluestone, and Stein Helmrich

The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2002, issued in October 2002, was the first assessment of how the region was doing against the New Paradigm goals. It concluded that, despite the call for a concerted effort to expand the region’s housing supply, production continued to lag substantially behind demand, leading to even higher housing prices…
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The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2004


Author: Bonnie Heudorfer and Barry Bluestone

The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2004 is the third in a series of annual assessments designed to measure the progress the region is making toward providing housing opportunities for all of its citizens. This report, like its predecessors, has been prepared by the Center for Urban and Regional Policy (CURP) at Northeastern University in…
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The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2005-2006


Author: Bonnie Heudorfer and Barry Bluestone

Despite a great deal of hand-wringing about the current Greater Boston housing market and dire warnings of a potentially deflating housing bubble, the market in 2005 and the first half of 2006 has actually remained fairly stable in the face of rising interest rates, a continued net out-migration of the region’s population, and a relatively…
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The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2008


Author: Barry Bluestone, Chase Billingham, and Tim Davis with assistance from Marc Horne, Lauren Nicoll, and David Streim

From 1995 through 2005, housing prices and rents in Greater Boston soared, making it one of the most expensive metro areas in the nation. Because of escalating housing costs, more than a third of the region’s homeowners were paying more than 30 percent of their income for shelter and more than half of all renters…
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