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.


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.

Forecast Memorandum: What Happened to Indiana GDP in 2014?

CBER director Michael J. Hicks explains the context of Indiana's GDP performance in 2014 and its implications.  Published June 12, 2015.

Conexus Indiana 2015 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.

The companion report, The Myth and Reality of Manufacturing in America, examines the conditions surrounding the industry before and after the Great Recession.  We debunk commonly held misconceptions about the industry and estimate future health.

Published June 11, 2015.

View the national overview, Indiana profile, companion report, and interactive history of each state through the project website: http://conexus.cberdata.org 

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.

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