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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.


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Distributed Generation in Indiana: A Preliminary Policy Discussion

In this study, authors Michael J. Hicks (Ball CBER) and Mark L. Burton (Center for Transportation Research, University of Tennessee) outline issues regarding the growth, pricing, and regulatory structure of distributed energy generation in Indiana. Published February 18, 2015.


Regional Cities, Small Towns, and Rural Places: Policy Issues for Indiana

This white paper is designed to explain how rural and small towns can better connect to cities, how regional efforts play a role in growing the state’s population, and which policies may best help move Indiana forward in crafting regional cities that attract households from across the world. Published February 4, 2015.


Some Economic Effects of Tax Increment Financing in Indiana

This study evaluates the impact of tax increment financing (TIF) in Indiana counties from 2003-2012. TIF is a form of economic development incentive—the property tax revenues associated with the growth of assessed value or ‘increment’ on a designated piece of property can be captured for redevelopment.­ Through our research and analysis, we­ conclude that the Indiana TIF is not an economic development tool, but a county budget management tool. Published January 28, 2015.


Indiana Economic Outlook 2015 Forecast

The 19th annual Indiana Economic Outlook was held December 4, 2014, at the Horizon Convention Center.  The 2015 Forecast covers predictions for U.S., Indiana, and East Central Indiana economy.  Published December 4, 2014.


Key Economic Sectors in Indiana: Regions 1, 2, 3, & 4

Produced for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, this series examines the most critical industrial sectors in 12 regions of Indiana.­ We analyze the employment situation and raw inputs as well as the potential for growth. Published November 4, 2014. 


Why Tax Incentives Don't Work: The Altered Landscape of Local Economic Development

CBER director Michael J. Hicks, George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics, presents his findings on the relationship between tax incentives and business attraction.  This presentation is part of the Miller College of Business Distinguished Professor Lecture Series.  Published September 16, 2014.


Key Economic Sectors in Indiana

Produced for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, this study examines the state's most critical industrial sectors.­ We analyze the employment situation and raw inputs as well as the potential for growth. Published July 7, 2014.


CBER Policy Briefs on Tax Competitiveness and Simplification

Prepared for the­ 2014 Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference, held June 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Published June 25, 2014.


2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report for Conexus Indiana

The annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics. ­We offer a national report with scores for all 50 states and a custom profile for Indiana.

The companion piece for 2014, Marketing and Labor Market Frictions, focuses on the growing impacts on manufacturing employment and wages in Indiana due to labor market frictions.

This report was produced for Conexus Indiana. ­Custom profiles with performance history for all 50 states are available at http://conexus.cberdata.org.­  Published June 11, 2014.


How Real Is the STEM Shortage in Indiana? Evidence from Workforce Data

This policy brief explores the issues surrounding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations, including the perceived shortage of workers in those fields. Published May 20, 2014.


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