Monday, November 21, 2005

Might have to move but our generosity is okay

Oh no, FastCompany's November issue has an article on the top 10 up and coming hubs for creative workers: Sacramento, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego, Portland, Madison, Tucson, and Colorado Springs.

Why are there no New England localities?

Guess we'll have to move!

Well, not right away at least...

This might be another study where the analysis turns out to be suspect. The Boston Foundation just published an analysis of the Generosity Index that has been catching some publicity each year it updates.

What's wrong with the Index

Geography and Generosity includes an analysis of the Generosity Index —which is based on income tax returns —and determined that it is inaccurate in part because of a built-in bias against high-income states, such as Massachusetts, and for low-income states such as Mississippi, which has frequently come out as the most generous state in the nation on the Index.

When Dr. Schervish and his team used the same formula that was used by Dr. George McCully, publisher of the Catalogue for Philanthropy and the creator of the Generosity Index, they determined that even if Massachusetts residents had given 100 or 1,000 times the amount of money that was in fact donated to charity in 2004, and held giving by all other states constant, the state could not rise above number 23 on the Index. At the same time, the calculation suggested that the state of Mississippi would not fall below 26th place out of 50 even if residents of that state had given zero to charity in 2004.

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