General Economy

10
May

What The Fed’s Rate Hike And The 1st Quarter Contraction Means… And Doesn’t Mean

Given the frenzied and contradictory economic news lately, I wouldn’t blame anyone for having a bad case of whiplash. It’s difficult to get a read on what’s happening when the headlines flip between bull and bear faster than the stock market. One moment the discussion is about labor shortages restraining growth even as the administration pitches new relief efforts, how

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3
Nov

Why GDP Growth Should Slow… And Why It Won’t

In the 3rd quarter, U.S. GDP grew by 2%, down from an almost 6% pace over the three preceding quarters. Weak growth in consumer spending, with a sharp drop in spending on durables, is the primary culprit. Business investment slowed as well. Not surprisingly, the relatively weak number has led to an abundance of hang-wringing by pundits and many in

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3
May

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Los Angeles’ Entertainment Industry

This analysis was originally published as part of the LA2021 Future of Creative Talent Summit and was co-authored by Patrick Adler, Adam Fowler, and Mazen Bou Zeineddine. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was a generational challenge to the global entertainment industry, one that led to the delay or cancellation of up to 60% of scripted titles and to an 80%

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21
Jan

It’s Time To Relearn Objectivity In 2021

2
Oct

Prop 15 Analysis: Clarification

27
May

COVID-19 and the Creative Economy: Bruised, Not Broken

8
May

The Job-pocalypse?

30
Apr

The Expansion is Dead, Long Live the Expansion

23
Apr

Amazon Headquarters Sweepstakes is Bad for Cities

Co-Authored by Christopher Thornberg, PhD Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Zocalo Public Square on May 2, 2018. Envious of Silicon Valley’s success, more than 80 places throughout the world have renamed one of their neighborhoods “Silicon-something,” including “Silicon Beach” in Los Angeles, “Silicon Bayou” in New Orleans, and “Silicon Roundabout” in London, as if the very word works an

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28
Feb

Immigration and Economic Growth

Our elected officials in Washington DC continue to struggle over the issue of immigration policy reform. The Trump administration has already made its views known, with its Muslim Ban, mixed signals on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, and more recently, its immigration reform proposal, a plan that reflects a much more restrictive stance toward immigrants than previous

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