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Who's responsible for social and economic mobility?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-07-05 15:30

A community college system leader discussed community college policy making and influence in Massachusetts with Tracy Corley. This article is the first of a series about the role of community...

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Laos Dam Collapse Sparks Compassion amid Criticism

Erik Fruth ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-08-07 17:56

The dam collapse in southern Laos’ Attapeu Province in July 2018 led to an outpouring of global generosity and some serious criticisms about the safety of hydropower dams in the Mekong river basin....

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Where Plastic Waste is Gold

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-06-20 16:20

I love stories about enterprising individuals making a difference in the world. That’s why David Katz’s story in a recent edition of Future Thinkers Podcast had my creative brain firing on all...

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The Labor Force Participation Rate as an Indicator of Regional Economic Wellbeing

Dr. Pieta Blakely ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-06-26 22:43

On a national and local level, we typically interpret unemployment rates as an indicator of economic well-being. This paper argues that the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) offers a more...

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German economic strategies, Part II: Can works councils promote inclusive economies in the U.S. and beyond?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2019-10-23 08:41

In Part I of this topic, I wrote about how “patient capital” is emerging in mainstream thought as U.S. policymakers conceptualize how to create inclusive economies, or economies that provide everyone...

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