Research and Publications
EBR produces applied research and analysis on a wide variety of topics pertaining to economic conditions and trends in Arizona, the Southwest, and border regions.
EBR offers custom research and information services, economic forecasts, population projections, economic and tax impact analysis to government, business, media and the public. The award-winning economic forecasts produced each quarter by EBR's Forecasting Project are routinely quoted in regional and national press.
Troubling Trends in Arizona College
The college attainment rate is one critical determinant of Arizona’s economic success. Unfortunately, while the state rate has risen rapidly during the past 70 years, its growth has not kept pace with the nation. In fact, Arizona’s college attainment rate was below the national level
in 2011. High concentrations of highly educated residents in a region, particularly those with a Bachelor’s degree or better, leads to stronger income growth in a region in the long run. Further, it is not just highly educated workers that benefit, less educated workers also earn more in cities with high concentrations of the highly educated. Read more.
Locally-Based Entrepreneurs in Sahuarita: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture
In many communities across the nation, the economic development focus is shifting from the traditional attraction, retention, expansion model, towards “grow your own” strategies such as Economic Gardening programs. While these programs are diverse, key elements they have in common focus on growing and retaining local entrepreneurs and start-ups, and on enhancing quality of life in the area. Read more.
96th Arizona Town Hall, April 25-28, 2010, Tucson, Arizona.
Building Arizona’s Future: Jobs, Innovation & Competitiveness.
This report provides perspectives on basic concepts, such as basic versus non-basic economic activities; the role of exports in economic growth; competitiveness versus competition; the importance of high technology industries; and the link between globalization and regional economies – all of which set the stage for understanding of how the modern economy works. But the focus of the report is on Arizona’s challenges and opportunities in building a competitive economy and high quality of life. Read more.
Arizona's Economy Online (quarterly).
For more than 30 years Arizona's Economy has provided this quarterly update on the economic forecast for Arizona and commentary on important trends affecting economic conditions in Arizona. You will also find the most recent economic forecast data and important economic indicator data for Arizona, its metro areas and counties. Subscribe.
Arizona Fiscal Issues
Over the course of the "Great Recession" and its aftermath, Arizona has faced one of the most severe state budget crises in the nation. In fiscal year 2010, The State of Arizona was facing spending of roughly $10 billion, while collecting revenues of only $6.2 billion. In January, the 2011 legislative session faced a $543 million shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30, and a $1.2 billion deficit for fiscal year 2011-12. (These targets excluded over $1 billion in formula spending that was suspended when the economic downturn began.) Read more.
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