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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Pseudoephedrine Drug Policy in Indiana
The objective of this study is to estimate the impact of transitioning PSE (pseudoephedrine) from over-the-counter to prescription-only. Issues include Medicaid spending, cost to households, loss in sales tax revenues to the state government, and productivity loss to the employers in Indiana using both models of historical data and simulation models of proposed changes.
Mounds Lake Peer Review
In this collection of documents, professionals from many disciplines
weigh in on the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir project in Madison and
Delaware counties. Published March 5, 2015.
Note: This peer review is simply the professional opinion of the authors and is not sponsored by any organization.
Assessment Quality: Sales Ratio Analysis of Residential Properties in Indiana
Produced for the Indiana Association of REALTORSTM, this policy brief focuses on the property tax base (gross assessed value)and provides a detailed examination of the uniformity of property tax assessment in the state. We find that low-value residential properties tend to be over-assessed, and high-value properties tend to be under-assessed. Published March 4, 2015.
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.
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