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Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues


Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues

Manufacturing: Regional Strengths and Shifts

The American Growth Project explains why manufacturing remains essential for economic growth and how manufacturing in the U.S. today incorporates both regional shifts and “stickiness” in traditional strongholds.

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Skills in the Workforce: Why They Matter for Economies

Our examination of skills in the workforce begins with a discussion of why skills are difficult to measure, then moves to a broad look at two ways to estimate the skill level across our Extended Metropolitan Areas. Both estimators point to the importance of education, particularly in high-productivity sectors, in driving long-term economic growth.

Chief Economist Gerald Cohen weighs in on what to watch, including the challenges and opportunities for business as the prospect of a recession looms.

Big-City GDP in 2023:
Who’ll Grow, Who’ll Falter and Why

Amid continued economic uncertainty, we examine industry-level trends and look ahead to anticipate the uneven impact a recession could have on the 50 largest U.S. cities.


Greg Brown
Founder and Research Director, Institute for Private Capital; Distinguished Professor of Finance and Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Gerald Cohen
Chief Economist
Jim Johnson
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center 
Camelia Kuhnen
Director of Research, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Faculty Director, NCGrowth; and Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Mark Little
Executive Director, NCGrowth
Paige Ouimet
Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Professor of Finance and Associate Dean of the Ph.D. Program, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School