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Jim Russell

Jim Russell
Jim Russell is a geographer studying the relationship between migration and economic development.

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Brain Drain Is Economic Development

It may be hard to see unless you shift your focus from places to people, but both destination and source can benefit from “brain drain.”

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The Economic Geography of Workforce Development

Many universities, as a matter of mission statement, provide a path to the global labor market. They’re training students to leave.

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Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

In your quest to find cheaper housing could you handicap your children’s economic future?

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France Is Dying

Can a place face an existential threat?

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When Increasing Housing Supply Won’t Lower Rent

Housing will be built where it is most profitable to do so, not where “demand” (in terms of number of households) is strongest.

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Does Population Change Drive Demand for Housing?

Most conversations about housing affordability define demand in terms of population change, but income is a far better measure.

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Innovation Geography: The Beginning of the End for Silicon Valley

Will a lack of affordable housing hinder the growth of creative start-ups?

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The Other Side of the Growing Disconnect Between Where You Live and Work

You might have fantasized before about making big money and living large in a place where costs are low, but what happens when things work the other way around?

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Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

Don’t take population numbers at face value.

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Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan’s Surprising Economic Resilience

Don’t judge a metro or a nation-state by its population numbers.

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Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

Seattle is leading the way in the micro-housing movement as an affordable alternative to high-cost city living.

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Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Yes, Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

Why shouldn’t distant locales tied to jobs in the urban core count in a housing expenditure study?

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Tech Company Wagons Ho! Geography of the Urban Land Rush

Are technology companies willing to spend more for expensive urban real estate in order to attract cheaper talent?

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Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

Why do Hispanics die at slower rates than non-Hispanic whites in the United States?

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A Global City of Eds and Meds

Why are people from all over the world watching tiny Rochester, Minnesota?

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The Urban Geography of Globalization: Global Neighborhoods

Global money follows transit access.

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Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

Death, as millennials have taught us, is life in the suburbs.

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The Geography of Foreign Investment in Real Estate

Does supply or demand better map where the money is flowing?

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The Political Geography of Economic Development

Japanese companies are bringing jobs to Alabama—and it’s all too good to be true.

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The Creative Class Boondoggle in Downtown Las Vegas

On Tony Hsieh and the pseudoscience of “collisions.”

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The Geography of Poverty and Migration

The poor, whom we expect to move in order to improve, tend to stay put.

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The Portlandia Paradox

Oregon’s largest city is full of overeducated and underemployed young people.

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No Innovation Without Migration: Portlandia Is Dying

Build an emerald city. Attract the best and brightest with glorious amenities. They will come and do nothing.

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No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance wasn’t a place, but an era of migration. It would have happened even without New York City.

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No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

We know that people make places, but does it also work the other way?

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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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