From the Editor
Executive Editor, Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
As I write this in the early afternoon on a Monday, it is already Tuesday in Shanghai, close to midnight in Hanoi, bedtime in Kathmandu and dinnertime in Athens. Whatever the time anywhere in the world, it is increasingly likely that people in other countries are using Indiana exported products. In the first six months of this year, Indiana exported more than $14 billion in goods around the world. As author and research economist Matt Kinghorn points out in our first article, Indiana is one of only fourteen states where the value of exports so far this year have surpassed pre-recession levels. This is a major accomplishment for our manufacturers and one that bodes well for our state economy.
Be sure to read on while Andy Zehner (formerly with iPIC and now with Purdue) examines the subtleties of “learn more, earn more” and the fact that not every degree pays off at every point in time. Andy taps into recent questions about whether higher education pays in the recession and considers what this means in Indiana.
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