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.


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.

Individual Market Premium Variations Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Evidence from Indiana

This paper is designed to present the impact on individual market premiums due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Published April 25, 2014.

School Corporation Size and the Cost of Education

Focusing on Indiana, this policy brief finds that school corporations with fewer than 2,000 students could increase efficiency through merger or consolidation with neighboring corporations, many of which are similarly small. Published February 7, 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.