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  News & highlights from Ball State CBER ::   JuLY 17, 2017  

Thoughts on the Universal Basic Income

This program would put more money in our paychecks but also would eliminate the social safety net.

The notion of a universal basic income (UBI) is quite popular these days, and is undergoing pilot tests in a few countries. The idea has created some strange bedfellows as support develops, and there are both practical and philosophical problems with it. Still, I think UBI is a provocative idea that everyone should consider with an open mind. Let me explain.

Read the full article: Thoughts on the Universal Basic Income

Last week's article: Lessons from Seattle's Minimum Wage

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The summer is a great time to try something new, and the team for the Indiana Business Bulletin is looking at ways we can improve our e-digest. In August, we will be experimenting with a new look, but we will keep our mainstay features, including the weekly commentary, data spotlight, and data release schedule.

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Decreasing Housing

Earlier this summer, CBER released the 2017 Manufacturing and Logistics companion report, Manufacturing and Logistics: A Generation of Volatility & Growth, by Michael Hicks and Srikant Devaraj. Released as the same time as the 2017 Manufacturing and Logistics Scorecard, the report describes output trends in U.S. and Indiana manufacturing and logistics, value added, and productivity.

A few takeaways from this report: Between 1997 and 2015, Indiana manufacturing output (GDP) growth increased 50 percent (adjusted for inflation), compared to 29 percent growth for Indiana’s overall economy. More than half of the state’s economic growth since the last recession has come from the manufacturing and logistics sectors.

View the report here


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