Northwood University Releases Study on Texas Economic Competitiveness

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Northwood University released a Texas-based competitiveness study on October 20 at its annual Eggs & Economics breakfast.

Cedar Hill, TX – Northwood University released a Texas-based competitiveness study on October 20, 2012, at its annual Eggs & Economics breakfast. The Northwood University Texas business competitiveness study includes a special focus on the role of women entrepreneurs such as Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, a 2012 Distinguished Woman award winner, in the success of the U.S. and Texas economies.

Last month, Northwood University and the Michigan Chamber Foundation released the “2012 Michigan Economic Competitiveness Study: An Analysis of Issues to Advance Michigan in a Complex Global Economy.” The Northwood University-led study consisted of a team of economists from Northwood University, Central Michigan University and Rutgers University who analyzed the global, U.S. and Michigan economies relative to business competitiveness. The Northwood University/Michigan Chamber Foundation study took into consideration more than 250 variables to analyze business competitiveness on a state-by-state basis, at the national level, as well as comparing Right-To-Work (RTW) and Non-Right-To-Work (NRTW) state averages. The study received significant media coverage from The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNBC and MSN/Money.

Northwood is concluding a second study focusing on the economic performance of the state of Texas relative to the above metrics. Preliminary results show Texas fared quite well in the study.

The exhibits listed in the report on Texas GSP Growth and Population Net Migration are impressive. To view the study click here. Texas trailed only Alaska and North Dakota in real gross state product growth from 1998-2011 and had a population net migration that was almost equal to the entire U.S. population net migration from 2001-2010.

The study was presented to the public on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The presentation “Eggs, Economics and the Election” was led by Dr. Timothy G. Nash, study director and vice president for strategic and corporate alliances and the David E. Fry endowed chair in free market economics at Northwood University; Dr. Adam Guerrero, study research scholar and associate professor of economics at Northwood University’s Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management; and Professor Sabine Adams, a study research scholar and associate professor and chair of economics and finance at Northwood University-Texas.

Dr. Nash is available for interviews.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.