PBS Newshour: The Rundown – The day Reagan’s labor secretary admitted he was wrong about inequality

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Barry Bluestone talks to PBS Newshour about how increasing inequality is directly linked to higher unemployment, a theory that he and a past colleague began promoting in the late 80′s.

Labor disputes land like 1-2 punch in Boston mayor’s race

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…But Northeastern University economist Barry Bluestone, who worked his way through college on a Ford assembly line and whose father was a United Auto Workers vice president, pointed out that many workers today are not in unions. Headlines about a wildcat bus driver strike or substantial pay increases can undercut public support for labor.

Barry Bluestone speaks at Urban Land Institute’s Housing Opportunity 2013 conference

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On March 22, 2013 Barry Bluestone presented during the final remarks of the three-day Housing Opportunity 2013 conference in Seattle, WA.

Bluestone presented Lessons from Massachusetts during the closing session on Setting Goals for Housing Opportunity.

Click HERE to view the video.

Albright, Bluestone, and Clayton-Matthews Explain Trends in MA Population Rise

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Boom in immigration fuels state population rise; Middlesex, Suffolk counties add most

By Matt Carroll | The Boston Globe | April 08, 2013

Driven by a boom in immigration, the Boston area grew by about 55,000 residents in a recent two-year period, according to new county population estimates by the US Census Bureau.

The population growth in Cambridge’s Middlesex County and Boston’s Suffolk County together accounted for about half the state’s overall growth of about 100,000 new residents between April 2010 and July 2012, the census figures show.

Report hails Mass. biotech spending as job creator

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State’s $1b initiative said to yield economic strength

By Robert Weisman | GLOBE STAFF MARCH 26, 2013

Halfway through a decade of investment promised by Governor Deval Patrick’s 10-year, $1 billion life-sciences initiative, launched in 2008, the state has spent only about a third of the money targeted to promote the biotechnology and medical device industries in Massachusetts.

But the authors of a report set to be released Tuesday by the Boston Foundation, a philanthropic group, say the effort has helped stimulate a key sector of the state’s economy, creating more than 8,000 jobs through capital grants, tax incentives, and business loans. Read More

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