Migrant Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage

Immigrants exist between two words: their country of origin and their new home. In this nexus lies unique challenges—and opportunities. The immigrant communities who maintain bonds with their origin, or “diasporas,” can bring what they have learned back with them. They can transform developing nations and spur economic growth with their entrepreneurship. They can bridge the divide between the prosperous and the poor—and inspire lasting change.

In this episode, we explore these transformative individuals with Jennifer Brinkerhoff.

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The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies

“To succeed in the new economy … Southern California has to face its mistakes over the last 30 years.” The claim is that the Bay Area has been “better” at doing business than we have in SoCal. The book makes the claim that San Francisco has succeeded where Los Angeles has failed over the last 30 years.

Experts from USC discuss the merits and faults of this comparison of the two regions, and what qualities might make one region “better” than another.

Richard Green in The New York Times

Richard Green in The New York Times. Richard K. Green, a business and public policy professor at the University of Southern California, sees a correlation between busy airports and faster gains in jobs and population. “While it is very difficult to separate cause from effect, in my view there is stronger evidence than not that…