CBER Projects and Publications

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

For our complete works ranging from this year through 2008, and a project search by keyword, please visit projects.cberdata.org.



TRENDING: The Myth & the Reality of Manufacturing in America

This study for Conexus Indiana examines the composition of the industry before and after the Great Recession. We debunk common misconceptions about MFG, and we estimate the industry's future health. 

Published June 11, 2015.



Footloose Jobs & Urbanization

This policy brief outlines the recent history of footloose and non-footloose jobs in Indiana, including changes in rural and urban employment. We also examine economic development policy and suggest future models for consideration. Published March 28, 2017.



A Brief Review of School Financing, Performance, & Enrollment in Delaware Co., IN

This document includes a memorandum explaining the intent of the report, and a study addressing local school enrollment and performance in Delaware County, Indiana with considerations for the state as a whole. Published March 16, 2017.



The Relationship Between Educational Attainment & Wages

The goal of this information brief is to clarify the relationship between eduational attainment and wages. We find there is a significant gap in earned income when comparing those workers who have an advanced education (a bachelor's degree or higher) and those who do not. Published March 8, 2017.



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.



CBER Projects & Publications Library: For an archive of CBER reports, ranging from this year through 2008, and a project search by keyword, please visit projects.cberdata.org.