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From local newspapers to national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, AUBER members’ research is often in the headlines, and directors at AUBER centers are quoted frequently. Read about our members’ recent news coverage, as well as other news items from centers.

February 2019

University of Texas at El Paso, Border Region Modeling Project.  UTEP BRMP personnel participated in 9 television interviews and were quoted in 10 newspaper interviews for news organizations from the United States and Mexico in December and January.  Recently published BRMP research includes A.G. Walke and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., 2019, “Empirical Evidence regarding Electricity Consumption and Urban Economic Growth,” Applied Economics 51 (18), 1977-1988, doi: 10.1080/00036846.2018.1529405

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. University of Hawaii study of Ma’o Farms shows interns reaping health benefits (Star Advertiser). Should Hawaii Tax Carbon Emissions To Combat Climate Change? (Honolulu Civil Beat).

Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center. 2018 Foreign Investment into Tennessee (Global Commerce).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Most Economists Expect Fed Will Hold Rates Steady at Least Until June; In the latest WSJ survey, economists were split over whether Federal Reserve would raise benchmark federal-funds rates once or twice in 2019 (Wall Street Journal);  China tariff uncertainty limiting investment, expansion for American companies (S&P Global); January retail market: 6 companies go bankrupt; strong holiday sales expected (S&P Global). 

University of Arizona EBRC, Economic and Business Research Center.  Arizona merchants value economic relationship with Mexico (Agencia de Noticias del Estado Mexicono); Shutdown cost economy $11 billion, but long-term effects likely minimal (Cronkite News Arizona PBS);  Does a forecast for slowing global economy affect Arizona? (KJZZ); Tucson economy: Old Pueblo has high percentage of federal workers (tucson.com).

University of West Florida, Haas Center. Haas Center Report Shows African Americans’ Economic Power (NPR); Hurricane Impacts: Michael v. Ivan (NPR); Economic Impact of Hurricane Michael (NPR).

The University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Study: Opioid epidemic causes decrease in workforce participation (WMC-TV); UT Study: Opioids adversely affecting labor markets (Johnson City Press); Boyd Center Faculty Fellow: Government shutdown will have lasting economic and social impact (Knoxville News Sentinel); The Slowdown from the Shutdown (Compass Knox); Job growth slows but unemployment still below U.S. average in Tennessee, Georgia (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Electric cars could change everything for drivers, UT experts say (Knoxville News Sentinel).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Bozeman looks toward future at economic outlook seminar (KBZK); UM economists focus on affordable housing at economic outlook seminar (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Missoula saw robust development in ’18; economist predicts slight uptick in 2019 (Missoulian).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. A tale of 2 Utahs: Group hopes lawmakers take steps to tackle urban, rural divide (KSL);  Utah Shows How Labor-Force Growth Fuels Economic Growth (Wall Street Journal);  Rising costs, aging population threaten Utah’s ‘healthy state’ status (Deseret News); Salt Lake Chamber announces legislative priorities at Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit (Utah Policy); Should the people be allowed to overturn city planning decisions? (Deseret News); Could you afford to buy in your own neighborhood today? For many homeowners on the Wasatch Front, the answer would be no (Salt Lake Tribune); Mountain West Home-Buying Frenzy Has Slowed Down, Experts Say (KUER); Utah film incentive could help rural communities benefit from their spectacular backdrops (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah Coal Country Strike Team plan advances to final round of national American Dream competition (KSL);  Salt Lake area housing prices expected to continue rising, analyst says (KSL);  Utah lawmaker pushing bill requiring cities into zone affordable housing if they want state dollars (Deseret News);  There’s been a mini-‘boom’ of women in child-bearing age. But U.S. births his a new low, well below replacement levels  (Deseret News); Immigration leader tells Utahns that the border wall is a ‘powerful symbol, but it’s not a symbol that solves a problem’ (Salt Lake Tribune); Program aims to help Utah teachers, officers, public employees afford homes (Deseret News); Looking back at the interesting history of Utah’s sales tax (KSL); Ivory Homes announces Utah workforce housing priority initiative (Utah Policy); Business leaders: Falcon Hill aerospace park development to impact Northern Utah’s economy for years to come (Standard Examiner); Utah County still home to many large families with 6 kids (Salt Lake Tribune); Provo City calls on Legislature to contribute $9 million towards expansion of its airport (Salt Lake Tribune);  Provo Municipal Airport plans to expand as population grows (Deseret News).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Cloud Peak trims costs, 15 jobs: Company doing what’s necessary to stay aloft, economist says (Gillette News-Record); Report: Americans care more about gas prices than health care, savings (Wyoming Tribune Eagle and reprinted in Wyoming Business Report here); Why so high? Gas prices here explained (Douglas Budget); Gas price variance vexes Cheyenne motorists (Wyoming Tribune Eagle);  Odds really long’ Cloud Peak avoids bankruptcy (Gillette News-Record); 2019 will be a pivotal year for Cloud Peak Energy (Gillette News-Record); The company that did everything right is failing (EE News).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research.  Editorial: Nebraska’s ethanol sector faces major challenges and opportunities (Omaha World Herald). Lincoln economy strong despite big box store shutdowns (10/11 news); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – February 2019 (Webinar Recording / YouTube); UNL economic indicator rises sharply in January (Lincoln Journal Star); Rise in Nebraska Leading Indicator Fueled by Business Expectations (Business News); Nebraska BBR Webinar: The Nebraska Economic Forecast (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska Farm Income Falls Bellow $2 Billion (Radio 570 WNAX); Rise in Nebraska Leading Indicator Fueled by Business Expectations (Nebraska Today); Growth expected in Nebraska econom, despite lagging farm income (KLKN-TV); Nebraska’s economy is expected to grow, but low farm incomes dampen prospects through 2021 (Omaha World Herald); State economy poised to continue growth despite ag weakness (Lincoln Journal Star); Growth expected in Nebraska economy despite lagging farm income (NTVABC); Study: Nebraska ethanol industry seeing growth (Lincoln Journal Star).

January 2019

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. New figures show lower percentage of Mormons in Utah’s biggest county (Boston Globe); New Utah population estimates see 14.6% growth since 2010 (KJZZ); Experts say Olympic venues in Utah are well maintained and ready for future winter games (FOX 13); Utah’s population swells more than another state following recession (Deseret News); Utah ranks No. 1 for population growth this decade – adds nearly 400k new residents (Salt Lake Tribune); Rainbows and unicorns: New report lauds Utah tech but local experts cautious (Deseret News); Salt Lake Olympic Games: Past and Future (KCPW); Only two states had fertility levels above replacement levels in 2017. Utah was one of them (Deseret News); Housing prices set another record for highest year-over-year price growth (Utah Policy).

Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research. Hicks: Shutdown Will Lead to Revised Jobs Report (Inside Indiana Business); Foxconn is reconsidering plans for Wisconsin plant touted by Trump and then-Gov. Scott Walker (Market Watch); State GOP’s plan: Raise spending (the Journal Gazette).

Northern Kentucky University, Center for Economic Analysis and Development. The House: The influences of trade and Trump on votes in Kentucky (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation); Northern Kentucky Chamber to host November Eggs ‘N Issues: Regional Economic Outlook (Northern Kentucky Tribune); Greater Cincinnati companies recently added thousands of jobs (Cincinnati Business Courier); NKY Chamber Awards NKY Community Award to Janet Harrah (NKY Chamber of Commerce site); NKY Chamber Awards NKY Community Award to Janet Harrah (NKY Education Council newsletter);  NKY Chamber Awards NKY Community Award to Janet Harrah (The Lane Report); Fort Thomas Resident Awarded NKY Community Award (Fort Thomas Matters);  NKU welcomes interim dean Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer (Cincinnati Enquirer); Here’s how much the federal government shutdown is impacting Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati Business Courier).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Costs From Invasive Species Already in Millions, Expected to Grow (Hawaii Public Radio); UHERO forecast: Moderation ahead as business cycle matures;  Hawai‘i’s Economy: 2019 (Hawaii Public Radio); Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals (Honolulu Civil Beat); Council on Revenues Lowers General Fund Growth to 4.2 Percent  (Hawaii Public Radio).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Another Tax Proposal Looms Over Wyoming’s Wind Industry (North American Windpower); Warren Buffett’s power company wants to charge Californians for upgrades to out-of-state coal plants (LA Times).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Consumer Confidence falls in UNL survey (Lincoln Journal Star); December Surveys: Consumer Confidence Falls in Nebraska (Business News); December Surveys: Consumer Confidence Falls in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Husker Athletics helping the Lincoln Economy (10/11 news); Nebraska’s low jobless rate seen as mixed economic message (AP news); Nebraska’s low jobless rate seen as mixed economic message (Herald – Whig); Nebraska leading indicator remains strong in December (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska leading indicator remains strong in December (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Leading Indicator Remains Strong in December (Business News); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – January 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Missoula housing prices hit record high; panelists offer potential solutions (Missoulian); Rising home prices across Montana by county (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Helena economy seeing growth in heath care and construction (Independent Record); Economists showcase Montana’s strengths and weaknesses (KPAX).

 

December 2018

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. The X factor: Potential of people will drive the area’s economic diversity, growth (Gillette News-Record); Oil is down. Why haven’t Wyoming’s gasoline prices followed suit? ( Casper Star Tribune); Energy economics expert visits Rawlins, says too much Wind Production Tax could hinder production (Rawlins Times); Bankrupt Coal Producer May Give Bonuses To Managers, Cut Benefits For Miners ( Mountain-West News Bureau);  Will President Trump’s push to drive down oil prices hurt Wyoming’s oil prospects?( Casper Star-Tribune).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. November Survey Shows High Consumer, Business Confidence In Nebraska (NET); Confidence Persists In A Solid Nebraska Labor Market (KLIN); Business, consumer confidence fall in Nov., but stay positive (Lincoln Journal Star); Confidence Persists in Solid Nebraska Labor Market (Business News); November surveys: Confidence persists in solid Nebraska labor market (Nebraska Today); November Surveys: Confidence Persists In Solid Nebraska Labor Market (Sun Telegraph); University of Nebraska-Lincoln survey indicates state consumer and business confidence remains strong (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – December 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska’s leading economic indicator improves in November (Business News); Nebraska economy expected to maintain moderate growth (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL economic indicator rises in November (Lincoln Journal Star); Consumers Show Confidence In Economy Through Holiday Spending (NET).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Economists See U.S.-China Trade War as Biggest Threat in 2019 (Wall Street Journal); Business survey reflects growing pains persist in economic boom (Herald); Truck Tonnage Surges 9.5% in October (Transport Topics).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Salt Lake Chamber pushes ahead with affordable housing blitz, but some cities are still hesitant (Salt Lake Tribune); Tribune editorial: The rent is too damn high (Salt Lake Tribune); Utahns move more than most Americans. Why? Think Latter-Day Saint missions and a young populace (Salt Lake Tribune); Gov. Herbert’s office prepares plan to expand sales tax and increase the tax on food (Salt Lake Tribune); 3 finalists selected in American Dream Ideas Challenge hosted at University of Utah (Deseret News);  3 finalists selected in American Dream Ideas Challenge hosted at University of Utah (KSL); Utah policymakers to consider sales tax reform to keep up with modern economy (Deseret News);  One of every four residents in Utah’s San Juan County lives in poverty. In Morgan County, just one in 25 is impoverished (Salt Lake Tribune); 27 of Utah’s 29 counties experienced population growth in 2018, new estimate says (KSL);  Utah adds 52k new residents in 2018 – but growth is slowing as fewer people have babies, and fewer immigrants move here (Salt Lake Tribune);  Utah’s population surpasses 3.1 million in 2018, despite dip in births (KUER); Utah’s growth slows a bit, but population nears 3.2 million (Deseret News);  Michelle Quist: American is dividing itself into political tribes (Salt Lake Tribune);  At home and online: Utah households among the most connected, census shows (Deseret News);  Weber State presidential candidates meet the community (Standard Examiner);  Gov. Gary Herbert proposes $200 million tax cut – but also new taxes to ‘broaden’ Utah’s shrinking tax base (Deseret News);  Salt Lake County is now minority Mormon, and the impacts are far reaching (Salt Lake Tribune); Salt Lake City a ‘no-brainer’ choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says (Deseret News).

Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center. Housing Tennessee 3rd Quarter 2018 report; Trump’s trade war beginning to pinch Tennessee exports (WMOT Roots Radio).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Billings No. 1 city in state, Money magazine says (Billings Gazette); The year in beer: Cheers, there’s more than 7,000 breweries operating in the US (USA Today).

University of Texas at El Paso Border Region Modeling Project. During December 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 15 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews regarding United States and border region economic prospects. The latter also included a 30-minute live segment on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Satellite Channel 132 about recent oil and gasoline price declines. Recently published Border Region Modeling Project research includes: T.M. Fullerton, Jr., S. Mukhopadhyay, and A.G. Walke, 2018, “Econometric versus Neural Network Transportation Forecasts,” Asian-African Journal of Economics & Econometrics 18 (1), 79-91.

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Buckmaster Show 12/18/18: 2019 AZ Economic Forecast; Arizona minimum wage goes up to $11 on Jan. 1 (Tucson.com); Arizona housing market projected to be hot in 2019 (Chamber Business News); Eller reports positive outlook for Southern Arizona economy (Tucson Business); Economic Forecast: recession possible by 2020 (Arizona Public Media); New report predicts strong Tucson economy (KVOA); Arizona drawing in Mexico visitors (Chamber Business News); Tucson economic growth expected to be strong through 2019 (Tucson.com)

 

November 2018

University of West Florida, Haas Center. Economic impact of Hurricane Michael is $1.5B and growing according to HAAS Center dashboard (Pensacola News Journal); Haas Center Studying Hurricane Michael’s Economic Jolt (WUWF).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Santelli Exchange: Consumers come out to play after tax cuts (CNBC); As stocks tumble, the U.S. wonders: Is this economy as good as it gets? (Washington Post); Nashville Chosen for Amazon Operations Hub (Transport Topics); GSU: Metro Atlanta’s economy will continue to grow in 2019 (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Amazon headquarters decision: It’s not Atlanta (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Forecaster: Corporate Sector Bounce-Back Leads Georgia Job Growth (SaportaReport); Did Foreign Graduates Help Lure Amazon Away From Atlanta? (Global Atlanta); Georgia’s Economy Remains Relatively Healthy For Now (NPR); Economic Forecast: Midterm Results Should Ease Corporate Anxiety (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Corporate Sector Bounce-Back Leads Georgia Job Growth (Georgia Association of Business Brokers).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Nebraska Economy Could Slow in Coming Months (WNAX); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Skills Gap in Nebraska Regions (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer, business confidence rise in Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star); UNL survey shows rise in consumer, business confidence in Nebraska (NTV/ABC); October surveys show rising confidence, workforce challenges (Nebraska Today); Rising Confidence and Workforce Challenges (Business News); Rising Confidence and Workforce Challenges (Business News); Omaha-area companies say they expect to sell more in 2019, but worry about finding workers (Omaha World Herald); Impact of shopping local (1011 Now); Lancaster Event Center has $40 million economic impact annually, report finds (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – November 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); UNL report predicts economic growth in Nebraska (NTV/ABC); Nebraska Leading Indicator Rebounds in October (Business News); Nebraska leading indicator rebounds in October (Nebraska Today); UNL economic indicator rebounds in October (Lincoln Journal Star).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Nogales no longer top spot for Mexican tomato imports (Fronteras); Job report shows Tucson has finally recovered from recession (KGUN); Pima and Pinal Counties Work Together to Entice Employers, Workers (SanTan Valley.com); Good news: Tucson economy is back in the groove (Tucson Business); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Economic Impact of Businesses Supported by the NBIA (Webinar Recording / YouTube);

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Report: Hawaii Construction Spending Expected to Reach $9B (U.S. News and World Report); ‘Real Dollars’ Applied to Hurricane Damage (Hawaii News Now); National honor for UH economic research director (University of Hawai’i News); Dr. Frank Wolak: “How Should the Public Utilities Commission Regulate Hawaiian Electric Company for Better Integration of Renewable Energy?”;  New research on urban landlords and the Housing Choice Voucher Program .

University of Texas at El Paso Border Region Modeling Project. During October and November 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 21 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews regarding United States and border region economic prospects. Recently published Border Region Modelling Project research includes: T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and L.M. Sáenz-Rojo, 2018, “Yield Spreads, the Exchange Rate, and Recession Predictability for Northern Mexico Border Economies,” 2018, Asian Journal of Economic Modelling 6 (1), 56-64, doi: 10.18488/journal.8.2018.61.56.64; K.R. Allen and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., 2018, “Analyzing Small Industrial and Commercial User Demand for Electricity,” 2018, Theoretical Economics Letters 8 (14), 3109-3115, doi: 10.4236/tel.2018.814193.

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Cloud Peak mulls sale of company, Executive team approved to get 100 percent bonuses to stay on (Gillette News Record); One of Wyoming’s largest coal firms considers sale, doubles executive pay (Casper Star-Tribune);
Cloud Peak Energy Considers Selling Company; Gives Executive Bonuses, Cuts Retirement Benefits (Wyoming Public Media); New wind may be cheaper than old, reliable coal (Casper Star Tribune), Wyoming’s good financial news could be short-lived (Wyoming Tribune Eagle); Gillette business owners, officials see improved air service as key to economic rebound (Casper Star Tribune); Mountain West Coal Producer Strips Health Benefits For Retired Miners (Mountain West News Bureau).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Brawl of the Wild, UM athletics benefit Missoula’s economy (NBC Montana); Future of Montana Medicaid expansion uncertain as HELP Act sunset nears (Missoula Current); Hard-rock mining in Montana digs up $2.7B a year, report says (Great Falls Tribune).

October 2018
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Center for Business and Economic Research.
Giorgio Canarella (senior economist) and Stephen M. Miller (director) had their paper, “Did Okun’s Law Die after the Great Recession,” selected by the Board of Editors of the NABE journal Business Economics for the Abramson Scroll Award, Outstanding Paper, published in the four issues from October 2017 to July 2018. They also had their paper “Firm Size, Corporate Debt, R&D Activity, and Agency Costs: Exploring Dynamic and Non-Linear Effects,” selected by AUBER as the 2018 Polzin Prize as Best Paper.

University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah Valley Executive Summit encourages intelligent planning for the future (Daily Herald); Zions Bank joins Utah Outdoor Partners as founding member (Utah Policy); Utah researchers to target ways to help middle class achieve the American Dream (Deseret News); Amazon wage bump will help push Utah employees into ‘fair and decent’ earnings (Deseret News); Get to know the 10 teams that were picked out of 152 proposals to be the ‘American Dream’ Utah finalists (Deseret News); American Dream Finalists include single parent shared living, coal country team (KSL); Evictions: the dark side of Salt Lake City’s housing boom (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah executives have strong, but declining sentiment on state’s economic future (Utah Policy); Governor’s Office presents analysis of economic development plans (Utah Policy).

A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University. Orange County Business Journal, On Economics: “So You Believe the Chapman Forecast: Now What?” by Jim Doti, September 24, 2018 issue.

University of Hawaii, Economic Research Organization (UHERO).  Hawaii’s Governor David Ige has invited UHERO to speak at the Western Governors’ Association Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative Workshop in Waimea, Hawaii, on Dec. 9-10, 2018.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. UNL’s indicator reporter predicts improved economic growth in 2019 (The Daily Nebraskan); A UNL Professor Reacts to Amazon’s Minimum Wage Increase to $15 An Hour (KLIN); Nebraska BBR Webinar: The Economic Impact of Nebraska Military Assets and Spending (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer, business confidence diverge in September, survey shows (Lincoln Journal Star); U.S. Trade Gap Rises for Third Straight Month (KLIN); Consumer Confidence Turns Negative in Nebraska (Business News); Consumer confidence turns negative in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); U.S. Unemployment Rate Slides to 3.7 Percent (WNAX); Manufacturing jobs back to pre-recession levels in Nebraska (Fremont Tribune); Rent decreases while cost of homes increases (1011 Now); Nebraska Economist Cautions Against Panic Over the Stock Market (WANX); Nebraska’s economic forecast dims slightly for first time in 11 months, UNL indicator finds (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – October 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Economists say not to panic as Stock Market swings wildly (AUDIO) (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL: Economic indicator fell in September (NTV/ABC); Nebraska Leading Indicator Drops in September (Business News); Nebraska’s leading indicator drops in September (Nebraska Today).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Wyoming: Microsoft Expansion Of Cheyenne Data Center Underway: The $200-million project, announced in 2015, was not needed until this year due to improved server efficiency (Business Facilities);Oil and gas sector pushed state’s economy forward in second quarter (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle).

 

September 2018
Ball State University, Center for Business and Economic Research. Opinion: 7 ways to invest in the automation megatrend (MarketWatch); RV industry sees shipments down by 11.4% in recent months (The Gulf Today); Indiana Manufacturing Has Been On Trump’s Mind. What’s The State Of The Industry Now? (Here and Now); A Different Economic Development: Embracing Equity in Rural Settings (Nonprofit Quarterly); Hicks: Finally, a government answer to job losses caused by automation (IndyStar);

Middle Tennesee State University, Business and Economic Research Center. Housing Tennessee 2nd Quarter 2018; Tennessee Trade Report (Global Commerce: Tennessee and the International Economy; Interview with Center Director Murat Arik about BERC Projects (view interview on BERC website here or on YouTube here.

Chapman University, A Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. A Puzzlement by Jim Doti and Raymond Sfeir (Orange County Business Journal).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The 25 Best Economics Podcast of 2018 (Intelligent Economist).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization of Hawaii (UHERO). Forecast: UHERO State Forecast Update: Hawaii’s Growth Down, but Not Out; Blog/News: Hybrid Forest Restoration Benefits Communities and Increases Resilience; Forecast: Hawaii Construction Forecast: After Pullback, Construction Prospects Firm; New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy (Honolulu Civil Beat); Tourism (but not much else) is booming in Hawaii (Hawaii News Now); UHERO forecast: Hawaiʻi’s growth down, but not out (University of Hawai’i News); Reforestation helps culture (Hawaii News).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Santelli Exchange: The economic impact of trade tariffs (CNBC); Most Economists See Tariff Effects on U.S. Economy as Limited (Wall Street Journal); Economists: Strong retail sales to continue rest of year despite August slowdown (S&P Global); Economists Split Over Path of Interest Rates in 2019; (Wall Street Journal) Economists: Retail sales remain strong despite China tariffs (S&P Global); Economists See Two More Fed Rate Increases This Year (Wall Street Journal); Study: Job growth should continue in Georgia this year (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Forecast: Domestic-Demand Sectors Will Drive Georgia Job Growth (SaportaReport).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Is a state with no income tax — like Washington — better or worse? (The Seattle Times); Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants” Studio 1A (WAMU and NPR); Coal Country: EPA Plan Is Short Term Boost, No Solution For Industry Decline (Maine Public Radio).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Salt Lake City hiring a full-time census coordinator to avert an undercount many fear is likely with Trump’s new immigration question (Salt Lake Tribune); Guest opinion: The solution to the housing crisis? Compromise (Deseret News); Utah’s Housing Market is Becoming the Next California (Utah Business);  Herald editorial: Work needed to solve housing affordability (Daily Herald); U.S. cities used to have low-rent, short-term, dorm-style housing. Is that what Utah’s homeless need? (Deseret News); Local conferences focuses on the well-being of women in Utah (Good4Utah); Commentary: Wasatch Choice 2050 is a blueprint for how Utah will grow (Salt Lake Tribune); Inland port board member raises warning about not-noticed vote to negotiate deal with Stadler Rail (Deseret News); Dealing with Utah’s Growing Population (Good4Utah); Politics about town: Strong economy and legislative reports (Utah Policy); Census: Utah ranks No. 1 for equality of incomes – at least for now (Salt Lake Tribune);  Minorities’ are now the majority in West Valley City (Fox 13 Now);  Census: West Valley City is now ‘minority majority,’ where minority groups outnumber the white population (Salt Lake Tribune);  Minority’ now a misnomer in West Valley City, census data show (Deseret News);  Inauguration symposium explores future of America’s public universities (KSL); Unlike anything in Utah, this huge new retirement community offers a ‘life plan’ (Salt Lake Tribune).

Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Tennessee. UT Knoxville Has $1.7 Billion Annual Economic Impact on the State;  VW plant, Chattanooga may benefit by NAFTA deal, economist says (Times Free Press); Great Recession: Nashville’s opportunities, challenges 10 years later (Tennessean);  Business startups add to economic momentum in Tennessee (Times Free Press); A Battle Worth Fighting (Tennessee Alumnus).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance.  During September 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 14 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews, including one with German Public Radio, regarding prospects for a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. Recently published Border Region Modelling Project research includes: T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and A. Bujanda, “Commercial Property Values in a Border Metropolitan Economy,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science 2 (2), 337-360, doi: 10.1007/s41685-017-0065-x.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Grow Grand Island: Economic impact of Grand Island’s ‘welcome’ mat (The Grand Island Independent); LPED’s new LaunchLNK initiative recruits early-stage startups to Lincoln (siliconprairienews); Nebraska businesses are optimistic; consumers, not so much (Omaha World Herald); Rising Costs and Fading Consumer Confidence in Nebraska (Business News); August surveys show cost concerns, fading consumer confidence (Nebraska Today); Consumer, business confidence head in different directions (Lincoln Journal Star); Consumer Confidence Down In Nebraska (KLIN); Concerns over cost of living contribute to falling consumer confidence (The Daily Nebraskan); Consumer confidence down in Nebraska; business confidence remains strong (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – September 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska Indicator: The Outlook Improves for Early 2019 (Business News); Nebraska indicator: Economic outlook improves for early 2019 (Nebraska Today); Economic growth predicted in Nebraska for early 2019 (NTV); UNL: Solid NE economic growth through early 2019 (KSNB); Solid growth expected for Nebraska economy for remainder of the year (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL economic indicator jumps 1% in August (Lincoln Journal Star); Big Red Business: Oct. 27 game could be worth over $6 million to businesses (Husker Online); Nebraska Poised For Solid Economic Growth (WNAX); Nebraska Indicator: Economic Outlook Improves For Early 2019 (Sidney Sun Telegraph).

August 2018

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Economists See Two More Fed Rate Increases This Year (Wall Street Journal); Economists: Retail sales remain strong despite China tariffs (S&P Global).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During August 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for five separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews published in the U.S. and Mexico. Tom Fullerton was interviewed regarding NAFTA modernization prospects at a recent USA-Mexico Border Summit held in El Paso. View the Albuquerque Journal here.  Recently published Border Region Modelling Project journal articles include: T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and W.A. Miller “Rivalries, Tradition, and Recession Proof Collegiate Football Attendance in El Paso,” Journal of Sports Economics & Management 7(2), 58-77; T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and A.G. Walke, “Mexico Evidence on the Regional Retail Effects of Violent Crime,”Journal of Economics & Public Finance 4 (3), 244-259, doi: 10.22158/jepf.v4n3p244.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Study: Nebraska innovation grant program successful (Lincoln Journal Star); Report: Hiring issues increasing in Lincoln area (Lincoln Journal Star); UNL Study: Lincoln businesses struggle with hiring (1011 Now); Business confidence in Nebraska falls after month of growth (NET News); Economy faces challenges, but University of Nebraska economist doesn’t fear recession (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Economist Doesn’t See a Recession (WNAX); Business and Consumer Confidence Moderate in Nebraska (Business News); Business, consumer confidence moderate in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Survey finds business, consumer confidence moderate in Nebraska as Grand Island’s economy continues to grow (The Grand Island Independent); Digital thrift store: Is Facebook marketplace the new corner boutique? (NET News); Grow Lincoln Segment with Dr. Thompson  (SoundCloud); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – August 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska indicator: Economic growth will slow significantly (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Indicator: Slower Economic Growth in Early 2019 (Business News); UNL economic indicator flat in July (Lincoln Journal Star); HHD by the economic numbers (Western Farm Press); Nebraska Economic Growth Rate Expected To Slow Down In Upcoming Months (NET News); University of Nebraska report suggests economic slowdown may be coming to the state (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Economy May Slow Down (WNAX).

Indiana University, Indiana Business Research Center. Where Hoosier kids rank (Herald Times); Christina Hale: Trump’s words matter to American allies (Indy Star); Consumers: Tariffs’ loser (Journal Gazette).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Salt Lake City hiring a full-time census coordinator to avert an undercount many fear is likely with Trump’s new immigration question (Salt Lake Tribune); “Prehab,” not rehab, may be key to opioid crisis (KSL NewsRadio); Top government official in Utah to address opioid outbreak (Good4Utah); Utah Leads on National Health Care Thought Leadership (Newswise); ‘Where do they go?’: With prices rising, advocates urge Utah leaders to focus on affordable housing to help reduce homelessness (Salt Lake Tribune); In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension (High Country News).

West Virginia University, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Mountain State Momentum: State business experts say economy on the rise (WV News); The push must continue (The State Journal); Governor reports surge in state revenue collection, economy (West Virginia Record).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Report: Montana ranks 9th in US for new business survival rate (Missoulian); Working Families Struggling to Get Paid Time Off (Montana Business Quarterly); Report: Montana’s High-Tech Sector Continues to Outpace Montana’s Economy (Missoula Current); Report: Montana’s Manufacturing Sector Adding Jobs Faster Than the Nation (MSU News Service); BBER Researchers Cited in Forest Service Land Management Litigation Article (Forest Science); BBER’s Forest Industry Research Program was cited in an academic article on U.S. Forest Service litigation and its effect on land management projects (Forest Science).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Coal Country: EPA Plan Is Short Term Boost, No Solution For Industry Decline (NPR);   In addition to the nationally run story above, this story also ran regionally on Wyoming Public Radio (view story here) and Minnesota Public Radio (view story here); Proposed Wyoming Wind Farm Could Feed Northern Colorado’s Renewable Needs (Colorado Public Radio); Wyoming could support 2,600 carbon tech jobs, Laramie Boomerang (Gillette News-Record); Report: Carbon technology could support 2,600 jobs in Wyoming (Casper Star Tribune);  Wyoming, US economies growing for different reasons (Laramie Boomerang); Is Wyoming Prepared For A Recession? (Wyoming Public Radio);  Is a state with no income tax better or worse? (Bankrate.com).

July 2018

Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center. Tennessee in the Trade War (Global Commerce); Housing Tennessee: 1st Quarter 2018.

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Economist: Trade Disruption, Not Rate Hikes, Is Real Concern for Commercial Real Estate (Rebusiness Online); Discretionary spending consumer confidence boost June retail sales(S&P Global); Electronics, furniture most exposed to latest tariffs on China (S&P Global); Supreme Court ruling gives brick-and-mortar stores hope for level playin… (S&P Global).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Tucson still far behind Phoenix metro area in recovery from Great Recession (AZCentral); Tough border stance may see ripple effect (Tucson News Now); Understanding economic impacts (Sun); Tucson Housing Market Bounces Back But Still Short on Labor (Arizona Public Media): Forecast: Tucson will see continued job growth (Sun); How U.S. vs. Mexico trade war will affect you (Tucson News Now); Tucson Economic Update: More Jobs, Housing Activity (Arizona Public Media); Buying a house in Tucson getting tougher as prices keep going up and wages lag (Tucson.com).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research.  Montana’s manufacturing sector adding jobs faster than rest of the nation, MSU/UM report says (MSU News); ATG set to begin office construction in Old Sawmill District, move by January (Missoula Current).

West Virginia University, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Smoldering trade war worries experts (The Register-Herald); Trade Troubles: Escalating Trade Threats Could Hit Ohio Valley Coal, Natural Gas (WOUB Digital); Interstate 68 Meetings Continue in Washington (The Intelligencer – Wheeling News-Register); W.Va. economic indicators show progress but challenges too (The State Journal).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah works to enforce, explain Medicaid expansion scenarios (KJZZ); Utah execs upbeat about economy, unsure of future, report says (KSL); Security experts raise 2020 Census hacking concerns (Deseret News); As Utah’s Economy Grows, Proper Infrastructure-Building Is Key, Especially in Education (Utah Business); Spatial Development And Design Drive Water Use, According To New Study (Utah Public Radio); Utah Opportunity Zones announced, Pacific Court Senior Living open house, Lehi Hilton opens, Four Foods moving to Valley Grove (Daily Herald); Utah County construction still humming but seeing some dips (Daily Herald); Utah may see a wave of wealthy people buying million-dollar homes. And it could drive up prices for everyone (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah picks up speed on path to greater diversity (Deseret News).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. US ‘mine-mouth’ coal mines at risk, (Argus Media); Can Wyoming’s wind be harnessed … to power California? (The Week – republished PRI/BBC story); America’s leading coal state looks to the wind, (PRI/BBC The World).

A. Gary Anderson Center for Economics Research, Chapman University. Despite strong economic growth, clouds loom on the California horizon (Orange County Register); On California_July ’18, Doti’s article (Orange County Business Journal).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During June and July 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 12 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews published in the USA, Switzerland, the UK, and Mexico. Tom Fullerton was interviewed for several articles, including: Economists Are All Over the Map on Trade War’s Duration, Scope (Bloomberg); Trump angered by Harley-Davidson’s decision to move some production out of US (Channel 4 News of London); Gundlach Sees 6% Yield in 3 Years. Anyone Else? (Bloomberg). Border Region Modelling Project journal articles published last month include: D. Barai, T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and A.G. Walke, 2018, “Exchange Rate Forecast Futility for the Taka,” Eurasian Journal of Economics & Finance 6 (2), 1-7, doi: 10.15604/ejef.2018.06.02.001 S. Coronado, T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and O. Rojas, 2018, “A Nonlinear Analysis of Oil Price Co-movements,” International Journal of Energy Economics & Policy 8 (3), 290-294.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Omaha Barometer (Omaha Chamber of Commerce); Nebraska in the national news: June 2018 (Nebraska Today); June Surveys: Business Confidence Surges in Nebraska (Business News); June surveys: Business confidence surges in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); G.I. chamber says trade war would hurt local economy (The Grand Island Independent); Business, Consumer Confidence rise in Nebraska (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL index falls in June, suggesting slower economic growth (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Indicator: Slow Economic Growth at the End of 2018 (Business News); Nebraska indicator predicts slow economic growth at end of 2018 (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – July 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube).

June 2018

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy.  Trump Tariff war is unlikely to hurt Wyoming coal export prospects (Casper Star-Tribune, Sheridan Press); SCOTUS OKs taxes on internet sales in win for states, brick-and-mortar stores (Wyoming Tribune Eagle); PRB could see short reprieve under coal plan (Gillette News Record); In Wyoming wind, a conservative billionaire sees California’s future (Desert Sun/USA Today – updated interview – original story Feb. 1, 2017); Revenue Committee to consider tax barriers to economic diversification (Sheridan Press); Iran Sanctions Could Drive Mountain West Oil Production Up (KUNC); In killer year for wind, Wyoming lags behind (Casper Star Tribune).

Chapman University, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research.   Don’t Believe the Doomsday Scenarios on our Housing Needs (Orange County Register); On Economics: “In Defense of a Defensive Strategy,” Jim Doti (Orange County Business Journal), May 21, 2018; On California: “Read Any Good Books Lately?  I Have!,” Jim Doti (Orange County Business Journal), June 18, 2018.

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance.  UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel A.G. Walke and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., along with R.J. Tokle of Idaho State University, published the following journal article using regional credit union data from across the United States: “Risk-Based Loan Pricing Consequences for Credit Unions,” 2018, Journal of Empirical Finance 47, 105-119, doi.

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Post-Colstrip economy will be rough for all of Montana, state Chamber of Commerce says (Billings Gazette); Study Forecasts Economic Effects of Colstrip’s Early Closure (Flathead Beacon); Study: Fewer Montana kids in poverty, more insured (Great Falls Tribune);

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. 2018 Omaha Barometer Report (Greater Omaha Chamber); Grow Lincoln Segment with Dr. Thomspon 5/12 (KLIN); Report: Consumer, business confidence drops in state (Lincoln Journal Star); Confidence in Nebraska economy slips (Nebraska Radio Network); Consumer and Business Confidence Slip In Nebraska (KLIN); Consumer, business confidence dip in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Consumer and Business Confidence Fall in Nebraska (Business News); Nebraska Economic Survey Shows Increasing Worries (WNAX); Omaha unemployment rate challenges local employers (Sioux City Journal); Omaha unemployment rate challenges local employers (San Francisco Chronicle); The problem with Omaha’s low unemployment rate (Omaha World Herald); Strong industrial sector to boost Nebraska economy (1011 News); Forecast: Manufacturing, construction to drive Nebraska economy (Lincoln Journal Star); Manufacturing expected to help drive Nebraska economy (Bristol Herald Courier); University of Nebraska economists expect strong growth over next 3 years, though ag will suffer through another down year (Nebraska Radio Network); Strength in manufacturing sector expected to boost Nebraska economy (NET News); Manufacturing expected to help drive Nebraska economy (WOWT News); Strong Industrial Sector to Boost Nebraska Economy (Business News); Strong industrial sector to boost Nebraska economy (Nebraska Today); Kelly: Omaha ranked second to Honolulu among metro areas with 200,000 to 1 million people (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska Economy Expected to Continue Growth (WNAX); With more open jobs than available workers, who will fill the positions? (NBC News); Grow Lincoln Segment with Dr. Thomspon 6/16 (KLIN); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Nebraska Long-range Economic Forecast (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – June 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Economic Growth to Slow During the 4th Quarter of 2018 (Business News); Indicator: Economic growth to slow during fourth quarter (Nebraska Today); Economic indicator points to slower growth in state (Lincoln Journal Star); State economy moving at slower pace due to trade worries (Nebraska Radio Network); Report: Economic growth in Nebraska to slow near end of 2018 (Nebraska TV); Economic Slowing Predicted (KLIN); Economic Growth in Nebraska Expected to Slow Down (WNAX).

May 2018

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During April and May 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 8 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews published in the USA and Mexico.
On May 16, Tom Fullerton was interviewed about rising oil and gasoline prices in the Texas Standard:
http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/rising-gas-prices-are-a-break-even-proposition-for-the-texas-economy/
BRMP research presented at the 2017 AUBER conference in Albuquerque was also published as a journal article last month:
T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and L.M. Sáenz-Rojo, 2018, “Yield Spreads, the Exchange Rate, and Recession Predictability for Northern Mexico Border Economies,” Asian Journal of Economic Modelling 6 (1), 56-64, doi: 10.18488/journal.8.2018.61.56.64.

Penn State Behrend, Economic Research Institute of Erie in the Black School of Business, in collaboration with former AUBER president Dr. Jim Kurre, has completed An Analysis of Cost-of-Living Data for Pennsylvania Counties, a study that was funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP), a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The study has been officially released and is now in the mailboxes of members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The full study is available at the CRP’s website: http://www.rural.palegislature.us/documents/reports/Cost-of-Living-Study-2018.pdf  A brief summary of the study is available in the May/June 2018 issue of the CRP Newsletter: http://www.rural.palegislature.us/publications_newsletter.html

University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. University of Montana podcast features Tester, Gianforte, on higher ed levy (Missoulian); Firearms, alcohol and electronics driving Montana’s manufacturing sector (Missoulian); Does density promote affordability? Economists say yes, Minneapolis residents are skeptical; (Star Tribune); Our great outdoors fueling state’s tech growth (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Benefits of Medicaid to be discussed at Great Falls forum (Great Falls Tribune);

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.  What Rapidly Rising Prices Mean for Housing Affordability (Gardner Business Review);  Housing shortage evident across Utah, report says (the Spectrum); Trying to stem the skyrocketing price of Utah housing is goal of new Salt Lake Chamber coalition (Salt Lake Tribune); St. George, Utah, is nation’s fastest-growing metro area, Census says (USA Today).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. GDP in US to expand 2.9% in 2018, recession not in sight: Forecast (Staffing Industry Analysts); GSU Economist Urges Patience as Full Impact of Tax Cuts Ripples Through System (Rebusiness Online); Georgia Small Businesses Set to Benefit from Tax Cut, But Not Enough to Break Moderating Trend (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); GSU Economic Forecaster Advises Patience for Remainder of 2018 (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Georgia Small Businesses Set to Benefit from Tax Cut, But Not Enough to Break Moderating Trend (Saporta Report); Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster (Atlanta Journal-Constitution); Economic Forecaster Advises Patience for Remainder of 2018 (Middle Georgia CEO); Georgia State economist cautions patience with tax cut impacts (Atlanta Business Chronicle).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. 89 Nebraska faculty receive promotion, tenure (Nebraska Today); Nebraska indicator: Economic growth expected through summer (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Indicator: Economic Growth Through Summer 2018 (Business News); UNL economic indicator rises in March (Lincoln Journal Star); Civitas Consulting Students Aid Nonprofit Startups (Business News); Moze-Kadavy, Villota earn Boren Scholarship (Nebraska Today);  Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – April 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Bureau Scholars Research Results (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer, business confidence drop in April (Lincoln Journal Star); Business and consumer confidence slips slightly in April (Nebraska Radio Network); April surveys: Business, consumer confidence moderate in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Nebraska ag land values fall 2.77 percent, the 2nd straight decline (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska ag land values fall 2.77 percent, the 2nd straight decline (Sandhills Express); Nebraska ag land values fall 2.77 percent, the 2nd straight decline (KWBE); Nebraska Business and Consumer Confidence Remain Strong (WNAX); Nebraska farmland values drop by 2.8 percent (1011 Now); Nebraska farmland values drop by 2.8 percent (The Grand Island Independent); Nebraska farmland values drop by 2.8 percent (Herald Courier); Nebraska Farmland Values Drop by 2.8 Percent (KTIC); Nebraska Labor Availability, Skill and Training Studies (Networks/NET); DUI cases on the decline in Lancaster County, study finds (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Indicator says economic growth to continue (Nebraska TV);  Nebraska indicator: Economic growth to continue through fourth quarter (Nebraska Today); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Annual Business Indicators for the Lincoln Area (Webinar Recording / YouTube); LINCOLN’S 2018 BUSINESS CONDITIONS & INDICATORS REPORT (LPED Research & Reports); Nebraska economists bullish on state economy for remainder of 2018 (Nebraska Radio Network).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. UHERO State Forecast Update: Ready or not, Hawaii is set for more growth;   Rethinking Hawaii Tourism: Time to Shift from Marketing to Managing Tourism?;  Making Sense of Mandatory Resort Fees; Who are Driving Electric Vehicles? An analysis of factors that affect EV adoption in Hawaii; Variable Pricing and the Cost of Renewable EnergyA Pocket Full of PIMs; Should regulators fear bond-rating agencies?

April 2018

University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. 
With Fed ‘at or near’ goals, Bostic wants more rate hikes (Reuters); Bostic, Kaplan See Two More 2018 Fed Rate Hikes If Outlook Holds (Bloomberg); Chattanooga job growth outpaces nation (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Dialogue: Coal in Appalachia (WUOT); Tennessee jobless rate steady at record low 3.3 percent in January (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Census: Nashville Continues to Lead State’s Population Growth (News Release).

Ball State University, Center for Business and Economic Research. The Future of America’s Economy Looks a Lot Like Elkhart, Indiana (Wall Street Journal); Anguished Families Shoulder The Biggest Burdens Of Opioid Addiction (NPR); Is Donald Trump right that China slaps a 25 percent tariff on American cars? (Politifact); Automation risks costing people their health as well as their jobs (The Hill).

University of Wyoming Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. One year after bankruptcy, Peabody expresses optimism — though challenges remain for coal industry (St Louis Post-Dispatch); Enzi: It’s Time to End this EPA Attack on Wyoming’s Coal Industry (Coalzoom-org);  Zinke’s Plan to Fund the Park Service Is Pure Fantasy (Outside Magazine); Dispute Over Coal’s Effects on Climate Change Heads to Court (Bloomberg News); US Coal Saw Gains In 2017. So, How Did Colorado Jobs Fare? (Colorado Public Radio); Coal Jobs Have Gone Up Under Trump, But Not Because Of His Policies (National Public Radio);  Wyoming officials optimistic about Trump’s infrastructure proposal (Wyoming Tribune Eagle);  Peabody Energy Reports Higher Revenue, Tough Outlook (Wyoming Public Radio);  Wyoming coal production likely faces more declines (Wyoming Casper Star-Tribune).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Georgia and Atlanta growth will slow this year, GSU forecasts (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Nussbaum Transportation Begins Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Transport Topics); Trucking Industry Posts Big Job Gains in March (Transport Topics); Georgia Predicted to Add Jobs, Personal Income Growth Anticipated for 2018 (Saporta Report); Economic Forecaster Says Decisive Year Ahead for Federal Reserve (PR Web). US auto exports to South Korea under revised trade deal face low demand (S&P Global); Tit-for-tat tariffs to impact billions of dollars in US China trade (S&P Global); Economists: Spending ‘hangover,’ volatile stock market drive weak February sales  (S&P Global); Consumer companies brace for fallout from US steel, aluminum tariffs (S&P Global).

University of Hawaii, Economic Research Organization. UHERO State Forecast Update: Not much lift from tax cuts in Hawaii’s soaring economy;  Time to End the Preferential Taxation of Timeshare Occupancy?Determinants of Residential Solar Photovoltaic Adoption;   Linking land and sea to inform ahupua‘a (ridge-to-reef) management in Hawai‘i – NSF Coastal SEES;   The Conversation: Aida Arik on Home Solar Batteries.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Nebraska Business and Consumer Confidence Settle at High Levels (Business News); UNL confidence indexes rise in March (Lincoln Journal Star);  Nebraska business, consumer confidence settle at high levels (Nebraska Today); Tariffs could have big effect on Nebraska — if Trump follows through with tough talk (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Climate Impacts on Water Quality and Cattle Feeding (YouTube); Jobs In Nebraska: What’s Hot, What’s Not, What’s Changing (NET Nebraska); Grow Lincoln 3/24 Seg 4 -Eric Thompson (Grow Lincoln / KLIN); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – March 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Continued Expectations for State Economic Growth (Business News); February’s leading economic indicators point to continued growth into third quarter (Nebraska Radio Network); Economic indicator shows continued growth in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Midlands Voices: NU is an investment in our state’s future (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska Business and Consumer Confidence Fall From Peak Levels (Business News); Surveys: Nebraska business, consumer confidence slip from peak levels (Nebraska Today); Report: Nebraska consumers, businesses less confident in Feb. (Lincoln Journal Star); Bureau of Business Research to Present Spring Webinar Series (Business News); Platte River diversion to Republican River would be Nebraska’s first (Omaha World Herald); Grand Island’s economy hits $1 billion net taxable sales mark for the fifth straight year (The Grand Island Independent).

University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. Brewing co-op latest sign of heady Tucson craft beer scene (Arizona Daily Star); UA economist: Arizona industries could be vulnerable to retaliatory tariffs (video) Tucson economy: MAP Dashboard (Arizona Daily Star); More Arizonans join job hunt as employment opportunities abound (Tuscon.com); Economist: Trump tariffs could cost jobs in places like Arizona (Arizona Public Media).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During the first quarter of 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for more than 18 separate television interviews aired in the USA and Mexico.

BRMP Economists Tom Fullerton and Adam Walke authored two books recently published by the Water Research Foundation:

  • T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and A.G. Walke, Improving the Accuracy of Short-Term Water Demand Forecasts, Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation, ISBN: 978-1-60573-298-5.
  • T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and A.G. Walke, Short-Term Water Demand Forecasting Manual, Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation, ISBN: 978-1-60573-299-2.

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Economists offer suggestions to tackle Montana’s looming severe workforce shortage (Missoulian); Governor touts Medicaid expansion benefits with health care officials (Missoulian); I-185 Links Tobacco Taxes To Medicaid Expansion Funding (Montana Public Radio); Medicaid Expansion Stimulates Montana Economy, Report Shows (Montana Public Radio); Lawmakers should read report on Medicaid expansion (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Bullock touts economic impact of Medicaid expansion (KPAX).