Articles by Aaron Nathans
We’ve written a fair bit about “economic anxiety,” which is concern about one’s economic future. That’s as opposed to the current state of the overall U.S. economy, which by our measure and most others, has been on a slow-growth trajectory. According to our most recent edition of Business Conditions Monthly, our business cycle indicators are well above neutral, which “provides solid evidence that the risk of recession in the months ahead has diminished.”
The top spot in the biggest category of our 2017 College Destinations Index went to San Francisco, which ranked high in diversity, percentage of college-educated residents, mass transportation, and arts and entertainment options.
Our 2017 rankings of top U.S. college destinations includes Ann Arbor as the best small metro. Our team of researchers gave it this ranking in large part due to its high percentage of college graduates among its residents, and high levels of diversity, affordable homes, and lots of restaurant and entertainment options. (Zingerman’s Deli, of course, is a classic.)
Today, the American Institute for Economic Research ranked the top U.S. metropolitan areas for college students. The annual AIER ranking is based on nine criteria that measure each area’s cultural, demographic and economic qualities.
This month’s Business Conditions Monthly includes a section about free trade and President-Elect Donald Trump. It discusses his leverage to make changes to existing free trade deals, and the consequences of pulling out of them altogether. The piece also discusses the causes of the decrease in manufacturing in this country, and why limiting imports would be a mixed blessing for U.S. manufacturers.