Keystone Research Center http://wesa.fm en How Many Jobs Are Created by Drilling in PA? http://wesa.fm/post/how-many-jobs-are-created-drilling-pa <p>Many have deemed shale drilling controversial due to concerns with groundwater contamination and even earthquakes, but the shale gas industry says it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, five research and policy organizations claim the shale industry is overestimating its impact.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:06:16 +0000 Jessica Nath 20207 at http://wesa.fm Report: Phone Deregulation Bill Would Hurt Rural Broadband Access http://wesa.fm/post/report-phone-deregulation-bill-would-hurt-rural-broadband-access <p>While people continue to drop landlines in favor of cell phones, especially in urban areas, many households in rural areas still rely on landline service.</p><p>Pennsylvania House Bill 1608 would allow phone companies to stop offering landline service if at least two other companies offer services in the area. A report from the Keystone Research Center states such a move would be harmful in rural areas.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:10:08 +0000 90.5 WESA Staff 19764 at http://wesa.fm American Economic Growth and Unions http://wesa.fm/post/american-economic-growth-and-unions <p>Looking at America&rsquo;s economy today, Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has pointed to the decline of unions as a contributor to the stagnation of American wages.</p><p>When unions are strong, is the economy strong?</p><p>Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the <a href="http://keystoneresearch.org/">Keystone Research Center</a> says job growth and America&rsquo;s recovery from the great recession have been too slow. With the decline in unions over the past few decades, he says wages have been flattened and even declined since the recovery began. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:12:27 +0000 Heather McClain 18263 at http://wesa.fm Study Shows Education Grows Economies http://wesa.fm/post/study-shows-education-grows-economies <p>Not only is state investment in education beneficial to students, but also it can help regions grow their economies, according to a new <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/states-education-productivity-growth-foundations/">study </a>by the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN), a coalition of national and state think tanks.</p><p>The study followed state wage increases and productivity growth from 1979 to 2012. It found that high-wage states have a more educated workforce, and states can build those workforces through expanded access to low-cost two- and four-year colleges.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:29:55 +0000 Tim Camerato 15468 at http://wesa.fm Do Pittsburgh Upward Mobility Rankings Ring True? http://wesa.fm/post/do-pittsburgh-upward-mobility-rankings-ring-true <p>On the heels of a popular<a href="http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/hendren/files/whitepaper_taxexpenditures_july13r6.pdf"> study</a> tracking social mobility in American cities, Pittsburgh's top tier ranking has been widely discussed.&nbsp; <strong>Stephen Herzenberg</strong>, economist and executive director of the <a href="http://keystoneresearch.org/publications/research/pa-regions-rank-high-study-upward-mobility">Keystone Research Center</a>, and University of Pittsburgh regional economist <strong>Chris Briem</strong> explain how Pittsburgh’s economic past has influenced our social standing today.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:20:41 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14456 at http://wesa.fm Do Pittsburgh Upward Mobility Rankings Ring True? Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage http://wesa.fm/post/trying-live-minimum-wage <p>Originally meant to protect American workers from being exploited, the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938 and set mandatory federal minimum wages at 25 cents per hour.&nbsp; In the years following, congress and the President acted to raise minimum wage to keep up with inflation and productivity. Around the 1980’s, it became much more difficult to get a labor wage bill out of congress and the term “living wage” circulates to replace the widely criticized minimum wage.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/pittsburgh-workers-protest-for-higher-wages-696763/">Many protesters</a> and researchers find that the minimum wage does not reflect the actual cost of living and no longer keeps pace with the country’s economic growth. Labor Economist <strong>Mark Price</strong> of the <a href="http://keystoneresearch.org">Keystone Research Center</a> in Harrisburg shares his statistical findings and suggestions for improvement.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:57:35 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14320 at http://wesa.fm Trying to Live on the Minimum Wage Study Shows Pittsburgh Has Strong Upward Mobility http://wesa.fm/post/study-shows-pittsburgh-has-strong-upward-mobility <p>A new study shows Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh specifically, might be the model for the American dream.</p><p>A team of researchers from Harvard University and the University of California-Berkley found that Pennsylvania has considerably more upward mobility than other parts of the country.</p><p>According to Stephen Herzenberg, economist and executive director of the liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center, upward mobility is the ability of someone in the economic lower class to move up the economic scale.</p><p>Herzenberg said upward mobility is at the heart of the American dream.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:20:39 +0000 Jessica Nath 13754 at http://wesa.fm Study Shows Pittsburgh Has Strong Upward Mobility