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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.

Research, Analysis, and Publications

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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.

Research Studies

Fresh Produce and Production Sharing: Foundations and Opportunities for Nogales and Santa Cruz County
September 25, 2013
The focus of this analysis has been on fresh produce industry and cross-border trade relations with Sonora’s maquiladora sector. The analysis produced measures of their current importance for the local economy in terms of job creation, local wages, tax revenues and total output. Their importance was further evaluated in terms of multipliers as a measure of the ripple effect and their impact on a multitude of local goods and service producing activities.

Troubling Trends in Arizona College Attainment
September, 2013

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
June, 2012

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.

April, 2010
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.

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