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A program of the Economic and Public Policy Research Group at the UMass Donahue Institute
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MassBenchmarks Journal

2012 Volume 14 Issue 1

Photos of Massachusetts statehouse, a row of houses, reams of fabric, and a computer circutboard in scrapbook.Excerpts from the Board
The board tempers positive gains in Massachusetts’ economy with cautious optimism due to influences beyond the state’s borders and challenges faced by blue collar and younger workers.

Economic Currents: An Era of Economic Recovery Amid High Risk
In spite of the bay state’s improving economic performance, Massachusetts faces an uncertain economic future due to severe federal budget cuts, a potential recession in the Euro Zone, and international political conflicts.
- Robert Nakosteen and Martin Romitti

Massachusetts over the Past Thirty-Five Years
Thirty-five years of relative economic success in Massachusetts reflects the adaptability of its innovation economy and leadership in higher education.
- Lynn Browne

Workforce Skills and the Changing Knowledge Economy in Massachusetts
Jobs in Massachusetts’ knowledge-intensive economy increasingly call for math and science skills alongside social, communicative, and learning skills.
- Henry Renski and Ryan Wallace

Endnotes: Newly Released Data Change Our Understanding of Job Growth in 2011
A recent revision in the estimated number of new jobs created in Massachusetts gives us an opportunity to look under the hood at how estimates for this indicator are posited and revised.
- Alan Clayton-Matthews


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