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Hurricane Harvey: Preliminary Estimates of Commercial and Public Sector Damages on the Houston Metropolitan Area
This research bulletin uses a model developed under contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to estimate total damages (including both insured and uninsured damages and public and private damages) to the Houston area due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Published September 8, 2017.
School Corporation Size & Student Performance: Evidence from Indiana
In this study, the authors address the question of whether or not the size of a school corporation affects the educational performance of its students.
This study was prepared for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Published August 15, 2017.
How Vulnerable Are American Communities to Automation, Trade, & Urbanization?
This study highlights divergence in regional economic performance and the impact on households and communities, which necessitates an urgent call to research and policy analysis. The executive summary provides an overview of key points, and the appendix shows larger regional maps of county-level data for all 50 states. Published June 19, 2017.
Conexus Indiana 2017 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card
The annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card evaluates the health manufacturing and logistics industries in each state and additional factors ranging from human capital to expected fiscal liability.
This annual piece is created for Conexus Indiana, a state initiative to improve manufacturing and logistics. Published June 9, 2017.
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.
TRENDING: The Myth and 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.
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