Thinksources

LIBRARY:

Most of the books or chapters in our growing library are available for sharing upon request. Let us know if anything in particular interests you and we’ll be happy to send it your way for a three-week loan.

OECD Regional Well Being

There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics – This Index allows you to compare well-being across regions, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.

2014 State New Economy Index

This report builds on six prior State New Economy Indexes published in 1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The purpose of the Index is to measure the economic structure of states. Unlike some other reports which assess state economic performance or state economic policies, this report focuses more narrowly on a simple question: to what degree does the structure of state economies match the ideal structure of the New Economy?

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The site is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Milken Institute’s 2016 Best Performing Cities

We pinpoint where employment is stable and expanding, wages and salaries are increasing, and economies and businesses are thriving. Armed with this knowledge, businesses, investors, industry associations, development agencies and government officials, academics, and public-policy groups can assess, monitor, and gain insight into each metro’s performance relative to the rest. We also provide benchmarking data that can inform approaches to improving a region’s performance.

Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman.  Our vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.” In service of this vision, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas—education and entrepreneurship—which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life.

RUPRI’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

The Center’s mission is to be the national, value-added resource for rural communities and regions, and their states, interested in building more sustainable economic development frameworks around entrepreneurship.

State Science and Technology Institute

SSTI is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving government-industry programs that encourage economic growth through the application of science and technology.

Endeavor Global: Jobs Calculator

Opportunity Index

ARTICLES/REPORTS:

Pew Center on the State’s “Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth”

SSTI (State Science and Technology Institute): “A Resource Guide for Technology-Based Economic Development”

FOUNDATIONAL BOOKS:

Producing Prosperity by Randall G. Holcombe

Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress by Randall G. Holcombe

Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth, edited by David B. Audretsch and Mary Lindenstein Walshok

Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development by David A. Harper

Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers: Measuring Higher Education’s Role in Economic Development, edited by Jason E. Lane and D. Bruce Johnstone

Economic Development Through Entrepreneurship: Government, University and Business Linkages, edited by Scott Shane