CBER Projects and Publications

All reports are available for download as printable PDFs.  © Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University.

For an archive of reports back to 2008 and a project search by keyword, please visit projects.cberdata.org.


Indiana Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Index

In this study, we build a Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Index to give businesses, non-profits, and local government leaders the data needed to assess wellness within counties in Indiana. This index reduces the costs of a community self-assessment, and, when combined with other information, may help community leaders better explain how investments in wellness matter to the future prosperity of their cities and towns.

This study was prepared for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Chamber Foundation, and the Wellness Council of Indiana. Published Dec. 8, 2016.



Indiana Economic Outlook - 2017 Forecast

Sponsored by First Merchants, the forecast includes our predictions for the national, Indiana, and East Central Indiana economy in 2017. The forecast was presented at the annual Indiana Economic Outlook event, which was a breakfast held at the Horizon Convention Center on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. 



Indiana's 21st Century Research & Technology Fund

The 21st Century Research & Technology Fund was created in 1999 to stimulate research and development efforts in the state. The Phase 1 report focuses on the macroeconomic impact and trends, and the Phase 2 report includes a technical analysis and policy recommendations. Published Nov. 7, 2016.


Why Have Recent Economic Development Efforts Been So Disappointing?

This study briefly examines the changes to overall economic development policy, with an extended focus on the supply of firms that can be attracted to a region. Over the past half century, the target of most economic development efforts (footloose firms) has shrunk considerably. Published June 20, 2016.



Conexus Indiana 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card

The annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card evaluates the health manufacturing and logistics industries in each state using a unique combination of factors including educational attainment of the workforce, attractive business policies, and sector diversification. 

This annual piece is created for Conexus Indiana, a state initiative to improve manufacturing and logistics. Published June 2, 2016.



Attracting Jobs or Attracting People?
A Microsimulation of the Local Tax Revenue Impacts of New Businesses and Households on Hoosier Communities

This policy brief seeks to address the issue of relative tax revenues associated with differing types of development: industrial property, commercial enterprises, and residential development. Published May 16, 2016.



Residential Property Tax Deductions & Effective Property Tax Rates in Indiana

In this policy brief, we examine property tax deductions that affect the taxable value of residential properties in Indiana and effective tax rates on residential properties in the state. Our three-part analysis includes an overview of property tax deductions, a discussion of the adjustments, and an examination of effective tax rates 2006-2012.

Produced for the Indiana Association of REALTORS™. Published Feb. 29, 2016.

CBER Projects and Publications Database: For an archive of reports back to 2008 and a project search by keyword, please visit projects.cberdata.org.