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

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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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No Innovation Without Migration: Breaking Convention

How do large dense cities foment innovation? The conventional wisdom on the subject is speculative at best.

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No Innovation Without Migration

People bring their ideas with them when they move from place to place.

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Poverty and Geography: The Myth of Racial Segregation

Migration, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality (not to mention class), can be a poverty-buster.

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The Politics of Anti-NIMBYism and Addressing Housing Affordability

Respected expert economists like Paul Krugman and Edward Glaeser are confusing readers with their poor grasp of demography.

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Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

Demand, not supply, plays the dominant role in explaining the housing affordability crisis. The wages are just too damn low.

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Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don’t Blame Housing Supply

Supply only matters where demand is strong.

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Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

Housing affordability in Los Angeles, California—and elsewhere—is more than just a supply problem.

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Fleeing New York and San Francisco for ‘Cleveland’

Are the rents too damn high more a function of limited supply or strong demand? The first post in a new series.

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When Social Scientists Fail Demography

Journalists often perpetuate demographic and geographic myths. But what if they’re interpreting academic papers correctly and it’s the experts who are to blame?

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LeBron James Migration: Big Chef Seeking Small Pond

The King’s return to Cleveland is a symbol for the dramatic shift in domestic as well as international migration.

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Geographic Scale and Talent Migration: Washington, D.C.’s New Silver Line

Around the country, suburbs are fighting with the urban core over jobs and employees.

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Confusing Population Change With Migration

A lot of population change is baked into a region from migration that happened decades ago.

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Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

On gentrification and housing costs.

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Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

Return migrants to Cleveland have been coming home in large numbers for quite some time. It makes perfect sense.

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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

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Not About LeBron James: Economic Restructuring in Cleveland

The basketball star isn’t the only one moving back to Ohio. Even with manufacturing on the decline, Cleveland is drawing talented migrants from other areas.

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Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

The geography of housing demand is a lot more nimble than the geography of housing supply.

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The Geopolitics of Gentrification

The international market for U.S. real estate looks nothing like the domestic market for U.S. real estate.

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Demographic Tale of the Tape: Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight

Matt Yglesias, despite Vox’s commitment to deliver “crucial context alongside new information,” passes along tired geographic stereotypes.

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Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

We keep fudging the facts in order to maintain the preferred narrative.

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All-Girls Schools Don’t Make Girls More Competitive

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The Big One

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