Category Archives: Economics

We all want incentives

From the Statesman: It’s worth repeating that incentives that spend taxpayers’ dollars to attract companies to Austin are not always warranted or justified and should be granted or denied on a case-by-case basis. And whenever incentives are granted, there must … Continue reading

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Actually, Pretty Bad Poverty News for Austin

Yesterday, we looked at the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area’s inching up on median household incomes.  Today, the Statesman drills down on Austin-only data and finds a more mixed bag.  Most of the changes seem to be in the margin of … Continue reading

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Taking Credit for Austin MSA Median Income Growth (Part I)

The good folks over at CAPCOG’s Data Points blog give us the good news: Austin MSA median household income is up. However, as I argued in the past, we have to put this in the context of our substantial amount … Continue reading

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Jane Jacobs tops Top 100 Urban Thinkers List

From a Planetizen poll, Jane Jacobs tops the list.

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More on Verifying Exceptionalism

Yesterday, Austin Contrarian fielded three good criticisms of my scatterplot (reprinted above) comparing advanced degrees vs. median income.  From the wonky blogfather himself: My criticisms:  (1) he  should run his regression on metropolitan areas rather than municipalities because high-wage earners … Continue reading

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Austin, Are You Professional?

Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Austin one of America’s Top Ten cities for start-ups, a claim echoed in the local press. If you delve into the methodology Entrepreneur used to develop the rankings…well, there just isn’t one.  For a policy maker, … Continue reading

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