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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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The Fiscal Impact of Tax Increment Financing in Indiana

To better understand the effects of widespread use of tax increment financing (TIF) in Indiana, we evaluate the fiscal effects of its application. This includes the effect on LOIT, taxable retail sales, non-TIF assessed value, and tax rates. Published Jan. 29, 2016.


What Comes First, People or Jobs: Evidence and Lessons for Indiana

In this study, we examine population and employment growth in Indiana’s 92 counties in the decades of the 1970s and the 2000s to determine whether job attraction or people attraction is a larger factor in county population growth. We control for educational attainment, initial population, urban/rural influence, natural amenities, income inequality and intergenerational mobility, the size of local government and spatial spillover effects. Published Jan. 21, 2016.


Indiana Economic Outlook: A Long-Term Forecast for the United States & Indiana, 2016-2030

In addition to our annual forecast for local, state, and national economies, we add a long-term forecast through 2030. We also explore the issues that are likely affecting economic performance, including policy and factors in human capital.

Published Dec. 7, 2015, for the Indiana Economic Outlook, presented by First Merchants Corporation.


Indiana's Demand and Supply Issues for K-12 Educators

In this study, we explore the question of whether or not there is a K-12 teacher shortage in Indiana by examining changes in both student enrollment patterns and teacher education trends. Published Oct. 26, 2015. 


The Human Development Index of Indiana Counties: A Policy Perspective

Three factors comprise the Human Development Index—health, education, and living standards. We examine those factors and provide a framework for policy considerations.   

This study is a research contribution to Primacy of Place, an interdisciplinary initiative directed by the Indiana Communities Institute. Primacy of Place focuses on fostering sustainable community growth through the attraction and retention of talented people and families. The Center for Business and Economic Research is a research partner and collaborator in this endeavor. 

Published Oct. 5, 2015.


Distinguished Professor Lecture: What Do Ancient Cities and an Obscure Mathematical Law Tell Us About Indiana's Regional Cities?

The same growth trends apparent in ancient civilizations resurface time and time again in every era through modern day.  What are the implications for Indiana's communities?  Michael Hicks explains this concept in his distinguished professor lecture.  Published Sept. 29, 2015.


Key Economic Sectors in Indiana: Regions 1-12 and State Overview

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.


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