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7.30.12

 

STUDY QUESTIONS MANUFACTURING HIGH PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH


In a new study from the W.E. UpJohn Institute, The Debate over the State of U.S. Manufacturing: How the Computer Industry Affects the Numbers and Perceptions, Susan N. Houseman argues that the rapid output and productivity growth of the manufacturing sector is largely attributable to the computers and electronic products industry. Further, sharp employment declines in the computer industry is not due to high productivity growth. Competition from foreign suppliers is responsible for the job losses. For most of manufacturing, output growth has been relatively weak and productivity growth modest. The study highlights the need for economic developers to understand the international competitiveness of their region's industries and the consequences of import competition. 

SOUTHERN MISS PROFESSOR'S INVENTION COULD CHANGE THE WORLD 


It's the stuff of dreams that became a reality in a University of Southern Mississippi laboratory. Inspired by his own dream of a technology now considered revolutionary in the world of plastics research, polymer science professor Marek Urban developed a unique type of plastic material that turns red or "bleeds" when damaged. When the damage occurs, or when stressors mount that portend damage to the material, the molecule links that span along chains of chemicals within the material split and release a color simulating bleeding. After exposure to sunlight or change in temperature, the material begins repairing itself... LEARN MORE

WOODVILLE DEER & WILDLIFE FESTIVAL ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS 


Dr. Brian Richard and Alison Crumpton of Southern Miss recently completed an Economic Impact Analysis for the 2011 Woodville Deer and Wildlife Festival, held in Woodville, Mississippi. The city of Woodville is located in Wilkinson County, on Mississippi's western border with Louisiana. The report looked at several factors of the festival including: visitor spending patterns and impacts (in-town and out-of-town), indirect and direct economic impacts, local income generation and home locations of attendees (by ZIP code). The festival attracted thousands of visitors, the majority of whom traveled from outside the immediate region. LEARN MORE

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