Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Higher Education & Economic Development:  3 Approaches

Higher Education & Economic Development: 3 Approaches

Institutions of higher education are under increasing pressure to play meaningful roles in regional economic development.  When many economic developers try to define a role for colleges and universities in their economy, it often comes out looking like the MIT lab recently highlighted in the New York Times’ business section, focusing on the commercialization of […]

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Big Data & the Economics of Big Cities

Big Data & the Economics of Big Cities

Some futurists have argued that the ubiquity of telecommunications and computing will make cities obsolete.  The Economist‘s Urban Life blog has been making the argument that the rise of the digital age could make cities more important and vital than ever.  Big data is not only becoming big business, it is–according to this perspective–an important […]

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