Center for Business and Economic Research - Ball State University

Fiscal, Economic, and Social Effects of Immigration in the Hoosier State

Published May 13, 2019

This study details the current realities and implications of immigration in Indiana as a whole, including effects on demographics, education, wealth and poverty, employment, and the labor market. Study sponsored by Conexus Indiana.

To supplement this study, we have created fact sheets for each Economic Growth/Workforce Development region, which give a snapshot of how the foreign-born population is changing at these various geographies, as well as the benefits and challenges they represent.

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Tags: indiana, population growth and migration, sustainability

Authors: Michael J. Hicks, Emily J. Wornell

Community Asset Inventory and Rankings: Changes in Indiana Counties

In this report, we summarize the major changes in rankings for all categories of CAIR between 2012 and 2018. In addition, we also develop a ‘housing barometer’ tool for each county based on a county’s home prices relative to the state and its growth. Visit the CAIR website at https://cair.cberdata.org to explore the full features of this research project, including a quality-of-life snapshot for each county in Indiana.

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Tags: indiana, placemaking, population growth and migration, economic development, workforce and human capital, art and culture

Authors: David Terrell, Michael J. Hicks, Srikant Devaraj

Economic Considerations for Indiana's Housing Markets

In this study, we provide a county-level analysis of housing markets in Indiana with considerations for the role that population change, income, human capital, and amenities play in the supply and demand for housing.

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Tags: housing and real estate, indiana, placemaking

Authors: Michael J. Hicks, Dagney Faulk

Indiana Economic Outlook: The 2019 Forecast

To provide context for our annual economic forecast, we review last year's projections and offer analysis of recent tax cuts, import tariffs, and monetary climate. We then provide an updated economic forecast for 2019-2022 and analyze performance at the state and local levels.

Our keynote presentation was by Dr. Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of public instruction.

The 23rd annual Indiana Economic Outlook was held on December 12, 2018, in downtown Muncie.

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Tags: forecasts, indiana, east central indiana

Author: Michael J. Hicks

Qualitative Impacts of the Regional Cities Initiative

Published October 1, 2018

The intent of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative is to help communities across Indiana come together to transform their regions into nationally-recognized destinations to live, work and play. While many of the Regional Cities projects are just now getting underway, we ask, “What has been both the seen and unseen impact of the Regional Cities Initiative thus far?”

This report examines the qualitative impact of RCI based on 30+ interviews and on-site visits.

Related:

Hicks, Michael J. 2017. “Regional Cities Initiative: Preliminary Economic Impacts.” Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University. December 11. Available: https://projects.cberdata.org/130/regional

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Tags: economic development, investment, indiana, incentives and programs, placemaking

Author: Beth Neu

Preliminary Flood Damage Assessments: Indiana Flood of 2008

This report is designed to provide a very preliminary assessment of flood damages that occurred from June 6, 2008 along the White and Wabash Rivers, and their tributaries in Indiana. Early estimates of flood damages provide an important tool for allocating public and private resources in support of recovery efforts.

Related Study: Preliminary Flood Damage Estimates for Iowa (includes links to disaster impact studies for Tennessee Valley flooding, Hurricane Katrina, and Gulf Coast hurricanes)

 

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Tags: disaster impact, indiana, environment

Authors: Mark Burton, Michael J. Hicks

Preliminary Flood Damage Estimates for Iowa

A preliminary estimate of probable 2008 flood damages in Iowa, based on an econometric model developed after the 1993 floods and verified through experience with Hurricane Katrina.

Recommended Reading (written outside of Ball State):

Hurricane Katrina: Preliminary Estimates of Commercial and Public Sector Damages, September 2005 
This paper provides initial estimates of damages in a number of infrastructure categories and residential and commercial structures, content, and equipment. Written by Michael J. Hicks and Mark L. Burton at Marshall University. 

Expected Flood Damages to Transportation Infrastructures as a Proportion of Total Event Costs: A Methodological Exploration, 2003 
This study include estimation techniques for a wide-ranging set of residential and commercial damage groupings as a result of the 2003 floods of the Tennessee Valley. Written by Michael J. Hicks and Mark L. Burton at Marshall University.

Preliminary Information on Rebuilding Efforts in the Gulf Coast, 2007
This letter from the US Government Accountability Office reviews the size and scope of devestation caused by the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.

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Tags: disaster impact, iowa, environment

Authors: Mark Burton, Michael J. Hicks

Indiana Toll Road Corridor: Economic Opportunity Briefs 11-15

Published August 5, 2011

The economic opportunity briefs comprise the second of three phases of analytical economic development study spanning two years. The Ball State University study team evaluated the efficacy of multiple and varied strategies for potential implementation in the seven northernmost counties of Indiana, collectively the Indiana Toll Road Corridor.

Survey and analysis was developed by Ball State's Building Better Communities in conjunction with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

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Tags: economic development, indiana, toll road, transportation and logistics

Author: Center Staff

Indiana Toll Road Corridor: Economic Opportunity Briefs 6-10

Published August 4, 2011

The economic opportunity briefs comprise the second of three phases of analytical economic development study spanning two years. The Ball State University study team evaluated the efficacy of multiple and varied strategies for potential implementation in the seven northernmost counties of Indiana, collectively the Indiana Toll Road Corridor.

Survey and analysis was developed by Ball State's Building Better Communities in conjunction with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

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Tags: economic development, indiana, toll road, transportation and logistics

Author: Center Staff

Indiana Toll Road Corridor: Economic Opportunity Briefs 1-5

Published August 3, 2011

The economic opportunity briefs comprise the second of three phases of analytical economic development study spanning two years. The Ball State University study team evaluated the efficacy of multiple and varied strategies for potential implementation in the seven northernmost counties of Indiana, collectively the Indiana Toll Road Corridor.

Survey and analysis was developed by Ball State's Building Better Communities in conjunction with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

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Tags: economic development, toll road, transportation and logistics, indiana

Author: Center Staff

Do Unexploited Economic Development Opportunities Exist within the Indiana Toll Road Corridor?

This report presents the preliminary study question and is the first of three phases of analytical economic development study spanning two years. The Ball State University study team evaluated the efficacy of multiple and varied strategies for potential implementation in the seven northernmost counties of Indiana, collectively the Indiana Toll Road Corridor.

Survey and analysis was developed by Ball State's Building Better Communities in conjunction with the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University.

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Tags: toll road, transportation and logistics, indiana, economic development

Author: Center Staff

Assessment Quality: Sales Ratio Analysis Update for Residential Properties in Indiana

Published July 9, 2018

In this policy brief, we focus on the uniformity of property tax assessment in the state and whether trends indicate that assessment is becoming more uniform over time. Data presented here indicate that overall property tax assessment uniformity is improving—property assessed values are moving closer to sale prices.

Produced for the Indiana Association of REALTORS.

Related Work:

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Tags: housing and real estate, taxes, indiana

Authors: Dagney Faulk, Michael J. Hicks

Telecommunication Deregulation

Published March 10, 2010

This white paper (written by the Digital Policy Institute at Ball State) presents a discussion of the issues influencing research and policy in broadband accessibility, affordability, and quality, and efidence of the impact of regulatory changes to broadband telecommunications adoption rates in the United States.

The academic paper "Statewide Cable Franchising and Broadband Connections," is a complementary work examining broadband access via cable providers. The empirical issue posed is: Do the states that have adopted statewide cable franchising have higher growth rates in household and firm broadband connections than the states that have not adopted such provisions?

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Tags: technology and automation, media and communications, law and public policy

Authors: Cecil Bohanon, Michael J. Hicks

Delaware County Waste Paper Assessment Survey

Published March 1, 1997

Using survey data from 502 local firms, Ball State researchers estimated the annual tonnage of waste paper generated by businesses in Delaware County.

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Tags: environment, business and commerce, east central indiana, sustainability

Author: Center Staff

The Price of Inaction: The Economic Impact of Tobacco Use in Indiana

Published February 23, 2000

This study focuses on the relationship between smoking behavior and the Indiana economy, triggering losses of at least $3.5 billion per year.

Produced for Tobacco Smart Indiana, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association.

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Tags: indiana, health, workforce and human capital

Author: Patrick Barkey

A Dynamic Economic Analysis of Property Tax Reform in Indiana

Published August 10, 1999

This study addresses the property tax assessment proposal and the scenarios presented in the State Board of Tax Commissioners' "Indiana Fair Market Study" (March 1999).  The authors offer an emperical analysis of the Fair Market Value Study's Scenario #6.

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Tags: indiana, housing and real estate, taxes, law and public policy

Authors: Cecil Bohanon, Patrick Barkey

Occupational Growth in East Central Indiana: Projections for the Year 2005

Published August 1, 1996

The objective of this cluster analysis is to provide estimates of employment within the structure of Career Clusters for the US, Indiana, and Area 6 (Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, and Randolph counties). Growth is calculated for 1990-2005.

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Tags: business and commerce, east central indiana, employment, sectors and industry clusters

Author: Center Staff

The Economic Impact of Governor O'Bannon's Proposed Property Tax Agenda

Published September 8, 1999

This study addresses the property tax assessment proposal and the scenarios presented in the State Board of Tax Commissioners' "Indiana Fair Market Study" (March 1999).  The authors offer an emperical analysis of the Fair Market Value Study's Scenario #6.

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Tags: housing and real estate, taxes, law and public policy, indiana

Authors: Patrick Barkey, Cecil Bohanon

Indiana Manufacturing Productivity: The Midwest's Best Kept Secret

This paper focuses on productivity investments that have been made in the state of Indiana. We find that the effects of manufacturing downsizing and modernization have been more pronounced in Indiana than elsewhere in the Midwest.

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Tags: technology and automation, workforce and human capital, manufacturing, productivity

Authors: Patrick Barkey, Amy R. Brandebury

Wage and Benefit Survey Report

This survey's purpose is to obtain an accurate statistical profile of the wage and compensation practices of the Private Industry Councils (PICs) within Indiana. The data provide a benchmark that PICs can use when evaluating their own compensation practices.

Produced for the East Central Private Industry Council and the Indiana Private Industry Council Association by the Bureau of Business Research and the Ball State University human resources management program.

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Tags: east central indiana, business and commerce, insurance and worker benefits, workforce and human capital

Author: Center Staff