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.


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, December 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.



Residential Property Tax Deductions & Effective Property Tax Rates in Indiana

In this policy brief, we examine property tax deductions that affect the taxable value of residential properties in Indiana and effective tax rates on residential properties in the state. Our three-part analysis includes an overview of property tax deductions, a discussion of the adjustments, and an examination of effective tax rates 2006-2012.

Produced for the Indiana Association of REALTORS™. Published Feb. 29, 2016.



Gasoline Taxes: Some History and Analysis

This brief reviews the state and federal taxes collected from gasoline sales and calculates the impact of fluctuating prices in several areas of the economy. Published Feb. 15, 2016.



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.