July 12, 2019 Econsult Solutions, Inc. has positioned itself as a preferred provider of economic and social impact studies and related advisory services for institutions of higher education of all sizes and types. Learn more about our capabilities.  Recently, while visiting with friends, we spoke of their son’s alma mater, one of the many small liberal…

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Blog published by ESI/EConsult Solutions, Inc. (April 11, 2019) — written by Elmore Alexander (https://econsultsolutions.com/higher-education-in-five-years/) I had completed organizing my thoughts for this blog post weeks before the the college admissions scandal. This has caused me to rethink what I believe the most important drivers of change for higher education in the next five years…

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Alexander, Elmore R. (2018). NAFTA, Globalization and Free Trade: Can the U.S. Maintain Leadership in the World Economy?. Bridgewater Review, 37(1), 11-15.  Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/br_rev/vol37/iss1/5 Introduction In 2002 in an MBA course on global management at Philadelphia University, I identified competitive congressional races where globalization was relevant.  The students developed comprehensive analyses of the candidates’ positions…

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Artificial intelligence: Enhancing learning or threatening the academy?  

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Posted on January 9, 2018 Concerns regarding artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation have recently received a considerable amount of attention. Do these advancements pose a threat that will destroy the jobs created in the post-industrial revolution at best or at worst leave us all as physically passive creatures reclining on lounge chairs in the world…

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Posted on June 13, 2017  The excitement of college acceptances is now past for the Class of 2021 and their parents. Conversations have now moved from “Where will I go to college?” to “How are we going to pay for college?”. College affordability dominates both discussions on campus and in the general public. With the…

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| 06/22/2017 | 8:17 AM Recently, our flight center experienced what, in aviation lingo, is called an “incident.”  A student and a flight instructor took off for an instrument training session.  As they climbed into the ceiling at about 800 feet, they were handed over from the airport control tower to air traffic control.  Air…

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While it is clear from my last several blogs that I believe that automation will drive a major restructuring of the world economy, I do not think that we are facing an end to work as we know it.  As I argued in my last blog, driverless trucks will create new jobs and demand new…

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There’s much talk these days about productivity and production. I’ve blogged previously on this topic. US productivity peaked with the “Dot.Com Bubble” and has been very weak since 2010.[i] A possible resurgence, according to many, lies in artificial intelligence and robotics. On the other hand, these very innovations that could increase productivity and competitiveness may displace more…

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In a recent blog, I talked about the impact of increased automation and robotics on jobs in the logistics industry.  While jobs numbers attract the most attention both within the industry and in the popular press, the more significant and complicated issue relates to the impact on the structure of the logistics industry itself.  A…

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