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Friday, May 3, 2013

The Flawed Business Climate Rankings

Gradingplaces coverGood Jobs First:  Grading Places: What Do the Business Climate Rankings Really Tell Us?:

Prominent studies that purport to measure and rank the states’ “business climates” are actually politicized grab-bags of data. They contradict each other wildly, have no predictive value, and should not be used to inform public policies. This is only the third such analysis of pseudo-social science “business climatology” in 27 years.

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For criticism of the Good Jobs First study, see:

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