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Articles of Interest

November 12, 2009 by Joshua Wright

Here’s a flavor of what we have been reading this week:

  • The Kauffman Foundation has released a study that determined newly created and young businesses are the drivers of job creation. Its analysis showed that nearly two-thirds of net new jobs in 2007 came from companies less than five years old.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education has this story debating if too many students are going to college. Choice quote: “It has been empirically demonstrated that doing well (B average or better) in a traditional college major in the arts and sciences requires levels of linguistic and logical/mathematical ability that only 10 to 15 percent of the nation’s youth possess. That doesn’t mean that only 10 to 15 percent should get more than a high-school education. It does mean that the four-year residential program leading to a B.A. is the wrong model for a large majority of young people.” — Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute.
  • Newgeography.com’s Aaron Renn discusses the effects of reducing carbon emissions on regional economies. Renn concludes the article this way: “In short, action on carbon reduction may well be a good policy goal. But we shouldn’t embrace any means to that end uncritically if it creates huge distortions in regional economic advantage or further damages America’s industrial competitiveness.”
  • The New York Times Green Inc. blog writes about a Texas wind farm, job creation, and China.

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