The pull of opportunity, not the push of expensive real estate, drives migration from California.
The basketball star isn't the only one moving back to Ohio. Even with manufacturing on the decline, Cleveland is drawing talented migrants from other areas.
Where we find innovation, we find industry clusters. That doesn't mean the two are causally linked.
There are more factors at play than just those related to the real estate market.
With a diversified employment base, the Emerald City will survive as Boeing starts looking for new talent outside of Washington State. But what does the search for cheap STEM talent say about the Innovation Economy?
Talented people are starting to move to places where the cost of living is more reasonable, but a town can't just be cheap and wonderful. It also has to be connected.
Just because a net migration number is negative doesn't mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn't always indicate a dying place.
Openness to immigration behaves in the same way as openness to trade.
The financial crisis turned the world upside down.
Our biggest businesses complain about a shortage of skilled labor. Instead of calling on the government to act, they should consider workplace policies that are friendlier to women and immigrants.