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Navigating Uncertainty

Microeconomies in 2024: Navigating Uncertainty

American Growth Project models project that all 150 of the top Extended Metropolitan Areas will see slower growth in 2024 than they did last year and that 56 of them will contract. See what else the data tell us.

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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Midyear Regional Economic Growth Estimates: EMAs Performing Better Than Expected, but Large Disparities Remain

Chief Economist Gerald Cohen outlines mid-year updates to our 2023 economic forecasts, discussing which EMAs have changed since our January projections.

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.

Workforce Disrupted Workers

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; Van and Kay Weatherspoon Distinguished Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School; Faculty Director, Luther Hodges Scholars
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 and Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Mark Little
Executive Director, NCGrowth
Paige Ouimet
Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School