Entries by Joel Kotkin

Tracking Business Services: Best And Worst Cities For High-Paying Jobs

Appearing in: Forbes Media coverage of America’s best jobs usually focuses on blue-collar sectors, like manufacturing, or elite ones, such as finance or technology. But if you’re seeking high-wage employment, your best bet lies in the massive “business and professional services” sector. This unsung division of the economy is basically a mirror of any and […]

Tracking Business Services: Best And Worst Cities For High-Paying Jobs

Appearing in: Forbes Media coverage of America’s best jobs usually focuses on blue-collar sectors, like manufacturing, or elite ones, such as finance or technology. But if you’re seeking high-wage employment, your best bet lies in the massive “business and professional services” sector. This unsung division of the economy is basically a mirror of any and […]

Who Killed California’s Economy?

Appearing in: Forbes Right now California’s economy is moribund, and the prospects for a quick turnaround are not good. Unable to pay its bills, the state is issuing IOUs; its once strong credit rating has collapsed. The state that once boasted the seventh-largest gross domestic product in the world is looking less like a celebrated […]

Did Homeowners Cause The Great Recession?

Appearing in: Forbes The person who caused the current world recession can be found not on Wall Street or the city of London, but instead could be you, and your next-door neighbor–the people who put so much of their savings and credit to buy a house. Increasingly, conventional wisdom places the fundamental blame for the […]

Amid Obama’s Change is More of the Same

Appearing in: Politico The Obama administration has been, so far, hierarchical and even conservative in its thinking. Following and even surpassing the Bush administration’s reliance on an M.B.A.-trained elite, which drove the country nearly to ruin, the Obama approach seems to boil down to finding the smartest guy in the room, rather than utilizing people […]

Why The Left Is Questioning Its Hero

Appearing in: Forbes Much has been made by the national media and the markets about the emergence from our desiccated economic soil of what President Obama has called “green shoots.” But although the economy may already be slowly regenerating (largely due to its natural resiliency), we need to question whether these fledglings will grow into […]

Europe: No Longer A Role Model For America

Appearing in: Forbes For decades many in the American political and policy establishment–including close supporters of President Obama–have looked enviously at the bureaucratic powerhouse of the European Union. In everything from climate change to civil liberties to land use regulation, Europe long has charmed those visionaries, particularly on the left, who wish to remake America […]

Britain’s Labour Lessons For Obama

Appearing in: Forbes LONDON – The thrashing of Britain’s New Labour Party – which came in a weak third in local and European Parliament elections this week – may seem a minor event compared to Barack Obama’s triumphal overseas tour. Yet in many ways the humiliation of New Labour should send some potential warning shots […]

Is Your City Safe From The Tech Bust?

Appearing in: Forbes A decade ago, the path to a successful future seemed sure. Secure a foothold in the emerging information economy, and your city or region was destined to boom. That belief, as it turned out, was misguided. In the decade between 1997 and 2007, the information sector–which includes jobs in fields from media, […]

Can California Make A Comeback?

Appearing in: Forbes These are times that thrill some easterners’ souls. However bad things might be on Wall Street or Beacon Hill, there’s nothing more pleasing to Atlantic America than the whiff of devastation on the other coast. And to be sure, you can make a strong case that the California dream is all but […]