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Economic Development

Is There a New Consensus on Development Policy?

Raj Nallari | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Raj Nallari

The resounding success of this event led us to believe that Korea should continue to take the lead in organizing global and regional events as a series on Frontiers in Development Policy under the Korea Knowledge Sharing Program.

TechTown at the Fringes

Jason Lorimer | Posted 11.20.2012 | Detroit
Jason Lorimer

The TechTown neighborhood is a terrific Detroit asset, and it can be so much more. TechTown is a business incubator, and in order for it to thrive, we must focus on creating an environment where the area can grow organically out of existing assets.

Vibrancy in an Unknown Place

Susan R. Hatten | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Susan R. Hatten

Of those surveyed initially who did find an attraction to our Greater Des Moines community, the words vibe and artful energy, kept appearing.

Legalizing Immigrants Can Help Reduce Poverty

Andrew Wainer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Latino Voices
Andrew Wainer

Some people oppose widespread legalization because they fear that it will hurt U.S. workers and the economy. However, most research indicates that immigration -- both legal and illegal -- benefits the economy and global development.

Affordable Health Care Is a Job Creator

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

If he would just allow Medicaid expansion, he would be well on his way to his goal. As for the one million Floridians who would otherwise no longer be uninsured -- well, you're up Coconut Creek without a fan boat.

Recovery in America

Seth Engel | Posted 01.02.2013 | New York
Seth Engel

The entire world holds its breath to see which leader the American community chooses, as the world's economic future rests firmly on US shoulders. Let's just hope it won't take another catastrophe for us to recognize the one that we want.

Why Economic Growth Happens in Some Places and Not in Others?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.01.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Have you ever wondered why, sometimes, poverty continues to increase in countries that grow super-fast? Take the case of India, a model of economic take-off.

American Manufacturing Re-Energized

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 12.19.2012 | Los Angeles
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

Ten years ago, who would have thought that space exploration could be pioneered by a small upstart team and an energy drink company? This might be the most vivid sign yet that the game is about to change.

Pacific Islands: Renaissance in Long-Overlooked Region?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The costs of providing small, disperse populations with basic health, education, energy, water supply and sanitation services are also high, and opportunities to increase government revenues seem few. But amidst this "sea" of challenges are glimmers of hope.

Providing Aid Hurts Recipient Countries' Local Businesses Too

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Locals in the aid recipient countries will have the best descriptive term. We should probably ask them before we start patting ourselves on the back on how development aid is an alternative to their lackluster foreign direct investment.

C- Is Just Not Good Enough for Our Kids

Jennifer Garner | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Jennifer Garner

A report card marked with too many C's and D's is not something to boast about. Unfortunately, those are just the kinds of grades America brought home yesterday, earning an overall C- in a new report released by Save the Children and First Focus.

Great Universities Provide Dynamic Leadership in a Changing World

Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D.

Societal forces are changing the ways we look at higher education. The academic experience of a student starting college today will look very different than that of a student who started as recently as a decade ago.

Can They Even Hear Paul Ryan?

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics

In an ad for his congressional reelection campaign Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan talks to two factory workers about the economy. ...

Has Decentralization Worked?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real question is not whether decentralization has worked or not, but whether there is something in common among the cases where it has. There is.

Aspen Institute Shaping Global Agenda Around Art and Culture

John M. Eger | Posted 06.13.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Art serves superbly as a universal language and as a means of understanding the history, culture, and values of other peoples.

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.

Can Africa Feed Africa?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Why is Africa so "food insecure"? Doesn't it have some 400 million hectares of agricultural land waiting to be cultivated?

'The Rational Optimist': Review

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 11.12.2012 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

In Matt Ridley's latest book, The Rational Optimist, he invites us to adopt a positive view of the world, human capacity, and global trade.

Don't Forget the Mayors

Leonard A. Schlesinger | Posted 11.11.2012 | College
Leonard A. Schlesinger

Despite what the presidential candidates might want you to believe, there is ample evidence that most entrepreneurial activity underway in communities is largely due to what happens locally.

Is Religion on the Way Out?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

About three-quarters of the world's population feels that religion is important. Yet, this large majority is set to dwindle into minority status within a generation. The reason is that affluence kills piety.

Matt Sledge

Jobs Crisis Panel Discusses Opportunities In Competitive Global Economy | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A group of business and political leaders discussing America's jobs crisis agreed on Wednesday that while Washington might be paral...

Myanmar: Asia's Next Growth Story?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.05.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

There will be countless challenges along the way, but if the country makes the right moves at the right times, and maintains its strong commitment to reforms, a more prosperous future undoubtedly awaits Myanmar's people.

Islamic Revival in China: CCP Tolerance or Strategy?

Faaria Volinski | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Faaria Volinski

Yes, issues pertaining to religious freedom in China exist in droves, but at the same time Chinese Muslims in the right place at the right time are reviving Islamic practice at an astonishing pace without significant government interference.

We Must Win the Real World Hunger Games

Michael Zacka | Posted 10.30.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Everyone who engages in the business of growing, storing, packaging and selling food is being called on to creatively adapt to the tremendous food security challenges that are staring us in the face. That means we must all hunker down, collaborate and innovate to win the real world hunger games.

How Colleges Can Spark Economic and Community Development

Richard Guarasci | Posted 10.22.2012 | College
Richard Guarasci

Universities can help to demonstrate their relevance to an ever more skeptical public by ramping up civic engagement programs within their local communities and by creating specific partnerships.