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Deane Neubauer

Deane E. Neubauer (Ph.D., Yale, 1965) is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where he has served as a Professor of Political Science since 1970. Professor Neubauer is also the Executive Director of the Globalization Research Network. Educated at the University of California, Riverside and Yale University, he has taught at the University of California (Berkeley and Irvine), held a postdoctoral fellowship in Anthropology at the University College, London, and currently holds adjunct professorships in Public Health at the University of Hawaii and the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Sydney. His research interest lies in health policy, especially the political economy of the U.S. health care system and those of Asia and the Pacific. His work explores globalization phenomena as a major vector of social change throughout the world. In 1980, Professor Neubauer became the founding dean of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii, a posi
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series by participants in a free, public forum on Monday Feb. 28 at the University of Hawaii, bringing together authors from The Price of Paradise books from the 1990s and The Value of Hawaii collection of essays from last year. Learn more.

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The largest differences I see between 1992 and 2010 have to do with demographics, technological change, the structure of government programs and a more mature globalization:

1) Both locally and nationally, as we age there are fewer workers contributing to the economy and a growing percentage of older people, who make large demands on healthcare and pension programs.  We see increasing examples of how difficult it is to maintain effective taxation rates to support public service including education, healthcare etc.

2) Technology change is having staggering effects on education at all levels, especially when these institutions are unable to keep abreast of it. Nationally, proprietary for-profit, employment-focused education institutions are the fast growing segment of education. Many consequences ensue, but the cost of education keeps rising in part driven by technology, and at the higher education level governments support it less–students end up with massive loan obligations, and