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Trostel’s report on the value of a college education

Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 8:38 am

Professor Phil Trostel’s new report on the value of a college education has been released by the Lumina Foundation.

As the cost of a higher education rises, some students, parents and policymakers are finding themselves asking, “Is it worth it?” According to a new Lumina Foundation report by Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center professor Philip Trostel, the answer is a resounding, “Yes.”

In the 73-page report “It’s Not Just the Money: The Benefits of College Education to Individuals and to Society,” Trostel finds that the benefits of a higher education extend far beyond earnings.

See the full press release here:

Rubin published in National Academy of Sciences Publication

Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 9:57 am

Jonathan Rubin’s article “Changes in Energy Markets: Effects on the U.S. Transportation System” is published in the summer issue of TR News.

The article link is posted below – TR News holds the copyright to the article, National Academy of Sciences, posted with permission of TRB (Transportation Research Board).

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The U.S. transportation energy system is undergoing rapid changes, from historic increases in fuel efficiency to renewed domestic production of oil and natural gas to new routes for moving energy around the nation and the world. Articles in this issue address these changes with a clear understanding that transportation services are essential to meeting the nation’s economic and social goals. See the cover and the table of contents at


Jonathan Rubin featured on WVOM for Energy in Maine

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 6:45 am

Following up on Catherine Dickerson’s and Jonathan Rubin’s Report, “Energy in Maine,” as part of the Maine Development Foundation’s Quarterly Economic Report, Jonathan Rubin, appeared on the  GEORGE HALE RIC TYLER SHOW – WVOM, Energy in Maine, 103.9 on 23 February 2015.

Energy is a critical cost factor to Maine people and businesses and to others who may consider relocating here. The Measures of Growth report’s Cost of Energy indicator tracks retail and industrial electricity prices for Maine, both of which have declined in recent years. Nevertheless, Maine’s costs of energy remain high relative to the nation. Further understanding of the issues related to costs, consumption, and production can help inform our decisions as we look to grow Maine’s economy.
Find the full report here: Quarterly economic Report Energy in Maine February  2015

For more information see the Maine Development Foundation website here.

Report on Cost of Substance Abuse in Maine

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Marcella Sorg, along with Anne Rogers of the State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse and recent UMaine graduate Jamie Wren recently completed a report on the economic cost of substance abuse to the State of Maine in 2010. The total cost for that year is estimated at $1.4 billion, a 56% increase over the 2005 cost. The report, which updates previous reports done for 2000 and 2005, focuses on a broad range of indicators of substance abuse cost, including treatment, mortality, morbidity, medical care, and crime. The report is entitled “The Cost of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maine, 2010″ and can be found at

Marcella Sorg is a Research Associate Professor of Anthropology, Climate Change and Public Policy and a staff member at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.