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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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Where Innovation Thrives

Innovation does not require an urban area or a suburban area—it can happen in the city or in a small town. What it requires is open knowledge networks and the movement of people from different places.

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Why Attracting Young, College-Educated Migrants Hurts Sun Belt Cities

Communities that rely on talent imports skimp on investing in schools, capping the upward mobility of native residents.

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Migration as a Measure of Economic Health

What explains the differences between Pittsburgh and Asheville, both of which posted similarly strong gains in BA attainment rate over the same period?

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Like Manufacturing Once Did, the Legacy Economy Will Usher in a New Era of Prosperity

For a few Rust Belt metropolitan areas anyway.

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The Geography of Real Estate Markets Is Shifting Under Our Feet

Policies aimed at unleashing supply in order to make housing more affordable are relying on outdated models.

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The Geography of Innovation, or, Why Almost All Japanese People Hate Root Beer

Innovation is not a product of population density, but of something else entirely.

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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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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

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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