29 01, 2016

Equitable Development and Economic Growth

By |January 29th, 2016|In the News|0 Comments

In Episode 2 of Infinite Earth Radio, a weekly podcast committed to encouraging urban equality and community building, PERE and CSII director Manuel Pastor talks about the multiple crises facing America as well as spatial, political, and intellectual segregation. What implications do they hold for America’s future? Is there a solution? Pastor thinks there is […]

2 11, 2015

In the News: “What a Metro’s Diversity Means for Economic Success”

By |November 2nd, 2015|In the News, Just Growth|0 Comments

Check out a great post by Oscar Perry Abello for NextCity.org on Equity, Growth, and Community: What a Metro’s Diversity Means for Economic Success.  The article widens the perspective on economic planning processes from cities to metropolitan regions, and discusses how Benner and Pastor’s book sheds light on how successful economic development outcomes in these […]

16 10, 2015

“More than economics: New book explores how equality helps economies grow”

By |October 16th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Check out the article “More than economics: New book explores how equality helps economies grow” featured on the University of California Santa Cruz news site.  Many readers may be familiar with the fact that co-author Chris Benner is a professor and director of the Everett Program at UCSC. But as Melissa De Witte pointed out, […]

18 09, 2015

Campaign seeks to push Seattle minimum wage to $15

By |September 18th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Washington has the highest minimum wage in America, at $9.19 an hour, but that’s not enough – now, a Seattle campaign is pushing to make it $15. An U.S. Chamber of Commerce study says that a higher minimum wage would lead to low-wage job losses, as business owners would likely cut low-wage jobs altogether in […]

18 09, 2015

Forum will discuss raising local minimum wage

By |September 18th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Chris Benner was invited to participate in a forum to spark a community conversation about the economic ramfications of increasing the minimum wage. This forum, sponsored by the Progressive Women of Napa Valley, is necessary in an area like Napa Valley where more than 24 percent of the population live below 200 percent of the […]

18 09, 2015

Guest commentary: Bay Area is not meeting its affordable housing needs

By |September 18th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

In this coauthored article, Chris Benner talks about the affordable housing crisis that has the Bay Area in its grips now. U.S. Bureau data shows that the Bay Area is providing enough affordable housing for its wealthiest residents, but what about the workers who fill the low-wage but necessary service industries? Benner argues that changes […]

18 09, 2015

Davis organization attempts to raise minimum wage to $15

By |September 18th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

According to Chris Benner, professor of community and regional development and a supporter of the campaign, raising the minimum wage wouldn’t have a significant impact on the consumer.
“The estimates for $15 of minimum wage are that it would be a 10 percent increase in restaurant prices and a four percent increase in retail,” Benner said.

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18 09, 2015

Technology and Inequality

By |September 18th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

The signs of the gap—really, a chasm—between the poor and the super-rich are hard to miss in Silicon Valley. On a bustling morning in downtown Palo Alto, the center of today’s technology boom, apparently homeless people and their meager belongings occupy almost every available public bench. Twenty minutes away in San Jose, the largest city […]

15 09, 2015

In the News: Inclusion, Growth, and Epistemic Communities in Utah

By |September 15th, 2015|In the News, Just Growth, Knowing Together Growing Together|0 Comments

Utah’s Salt Lake City metropolitan area has made strides in inclusive economic growth, but why?

To answer this question, the Deseret News featured Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor’s Just Growth work–linking equity with growth–during their 2013 research visit to the region.
“We tried to ask the question, ‘Where are the places in the U.S. where over the […]