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Chart of the Day:  the Changing Demographics of US Public Schools

Chart of the Day: the Changing Demographics of US Public Schools

The Economist has a chart showing the changing ethnicity of US schools.  Click on it to see a bigger version in a new tab.  Maybe it shouldn’t be  surprise, but it is a striking graphic nonetheless: The full story is here.

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A Major Revival in US Productivity?

A Major Revival in US Productivity?

Robert Gordon and others to the contrary, the Economist‘s Free Exchange blogger thinks machine learning technology may finally trigger a significant boom in US productivity: Initial gains from IT were simply too small to affect productivity statistics, because the affected part of the economy was simply too small. When the contribution became large enough to […]

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The Skilled 1% and Economic Growth

The Skilled 1% and Economic Growth

In its “Free Exchange” blog, the Economist recently discussed a paper published by Mara Squicciarini of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Nico Voigtländer of the University of California, Los Angeles that looked at how the ability of an economy to innovate may depend upon not just education levels in that economy in general, but a concentration […]

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The Economist:  3 Trends That Will Revolutionize Higher Education

The Economist: 3 Trends That Will Revolutionize Higher Education

The Economist believes it, so now it must be official:  higher education will be transformed in the coming decades.  Their Business Insider blog attributes this revolution to three trends: On one front, a funding crisis has created a shortfall that the universities’ brightest brains are struggling to solve. Institutions’ costs are rising, owing to pricey […]

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Are We Experiencing an “Entrepreneurial Explosion?

Are We Experiencing an “Entrepreneurial Explosion?

That’s the argument put forth recently in the Economist.  Technological innovation is lowering the barriers to creating new devices,  appliances and busnesses.  And, they argue, this is not just another dot.com bubble: Today’s entrepreneurial boom is based on more solid foundations than the 1990s internet bubble, which makes it more likely to continue for the […]

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A Free-Market Welfare State?

A Free-Market Welfare State?

The Economist has a profile on how the Nordic welfare states have adopted market-based solutions for the provision of social services: The Swedish state now allows private companies to compete with government bodies for public contracts. The majority of new health clinics and kindergartens are being built by private companies, frequently using private money. The […]

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