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March 12, 2014

In the latest Bloomberg Businessweek, we see Big Data politics come full circle. Before 2012, it was the private sector’s ideas fueling data-driven campaigning. Now we see the Obama campaign’s Big Data brain, Dan Wagner, helping organizations tap into data’s potential.

March 10, 2014

There is a strange phenomenon occurring in the United States. On the one hand, Americans have a long tradition of championing the entrepreneur, the underdog who strikes out alone and captures the American Dream. On the other hand, successful entrepreneurs today are facing hostile arguments that say their success makes them the bad guy. 

March 7, 2014

Automated labor is substituting for human labor in an increasing number of tasks. Which jobs will survive and, most importantly, thrive in the future? Using a recent study and some handy BLS data, we're beginning to have some answers.

February 28, 2014

Political risk is a fascinating yet not entirely objective field. As a result, it's hard for financiers and businesses to systematically or accurately incorporate political risk into decision-making. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has grown by a factor of 25 from 1980 to 2010, making it imperative that we get accurate measures of country risk. That's why a new NBER working paper may prove an important step forward.

February 27, 2014

Four million open jobs exist throughout the United Sates due, in part, to a workforce that lacks the skills needed by the business community. As executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, one of my responsibilities is to lead on education reform, workforce development, and the skills gap. Education and workforce development has been an important issue for me ever since a chance encounter in Texas nearly 15 years ago.

February 27, 2014

The need for job creation and economic growth dominates nearly every aspect of the current public debate, from STEM education to immigration reform to government programs. For many, whatever does not contribute to improving the job market and the national economy is a low priority, relegated to the sidelines until the country is back on its feet. 

February 26, 2014

Is the glass half empty or half full? When it comes to the America's economic growth, Robert Gordon’s answer is clear—the outlook is dismal at best. His 2012 paper, Is U.S. Economic Growth Over?, argued that America’s years of rapid progress and growth were over. 

February 25, 2014

America seems to have lost its juice. Dynamism is on the decline. Productivity is stagnant and new business formation is waning.

February 20, 2014

Amazing! Today’s iPhones have the same capabilities (and more!)  than 13 distinct electronics gadgets, worth more than $3,000, found in a 1991 Radio Shack ad.

February 19, 2014

Even though the number of young people with a postsecondary credential or college degree is on the rise, the same cannot be said for youth employment, as many struggle to secure a job.

February 18, 2014

Open Data Now is the first complete book on Open Data. For that fact alone author Joel Gurin has offered a tremendous resource on this fast-growing field. He takes readers on a guided tour of all the manic energy transforming Open Data in nearly every sector. Startups and innovators emerge from each page to tell the story of an economy and society transformed. 

February 17, 2014

As a tough winter marches on, I am reminded of the adage parents sometimes hand down to their children: "Every person is a unique snowflake." It’s the kind of sentiment that makes children feel special, but within that saying is a sage piece of wisdom for businesses competing in the globalized marketplace. Every consumer is unique; realizing new opportunities demands a new approach to responding to very different product demands by different parts of the world. 

February 13, 2014
A new report by the Kauffman Foundation finds that America’s economy is becoming less dynamic, dampening the country’s growth prospects at a time when its fiscal challenges are becoming more entrenched.
February 12, 2014

Recently, the energy policy discussion in Washington has turned to the issue of crude oil exports. Crude oil exports are controlled—and restricted—under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), passed in response to the oil price shocks of the early 1970’s. Earlier this month, Senator Lisa Murkowski issued a white paper advocating greater energy exports.

February 10, 2014

You’ve been robbed. Your great-grandmother’s wedding ring that has been in your family for four generations is gone and your brand new flat-screen television is missing. The police have no leads on who the burglar was, and the chances of seeing your valuables again seem slim. What would you say if there was a way to better your chances of recovering your possessions? 

February 7, 2014

POLITICO Magazine’s Glenn Thrush is out with a great report out on Pittsburgh’s economic renaissance. He finds that “Pittsburgh, after decades of trying to remake itself, today really does have a new economy, rooted in the city’s rapidly growing robotic, artificial intelligence, health technology, advanced manufacturing and software industries.”

February 6, 2014

On the quiet corner of a small Texas strip mall this past month, a local Chinese eatery became the setting for a groundbreaking use of an everyday tool. A hurried phone call from an employee of the popular Dragon One restaurant had brought police cruisers to the front door in minutes.

February 3, 2014

The signifiers of success used to be simple. Own a home (or two) and a car (or two) and voilà! You've achieved the American Dream. Ownership, however, is a complicated concept for an increasing number of Americans—and not for all the reasons you might think. 

January 24, 2014

The Economist has the definitive read on the future of jobs in America.

January 22, 2014
When this emergency medical team looked at its data on heart attacks, they couldn't believe what they'd found.