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Where Is The Mass. Economy?

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A recent study puts Massachusetts almost at the bottom of the list of job growth in the 50 states — ahead of only Michigan. We visited two growing companies to see what they're doing right. And we talk with economists who warn the state against fostering a "boutique economy."


  • Andrew Sum, economics professor and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University
  • David Birch, former senior researcher at MIT, creator of the Birch Index of Job Growth, founder of Cognetix, Inc.

Plus, it's one of the most popular video games in America. It has brought back ripped jeans and rattails. It's unleashed your inner rockstar. It's "Guitar Hero." And it was created by Harmonix Music Systems, a Cambridge game design company. Reporter  Meghna Chakrabarti visited a "Guitar Hero" tournament at the Alchemist Lounge in Jamaica Plain to see what all the fuss is about.

This program aired on December 7, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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