Bureau Reports

Studies of Economic Competitiveness

Nebraska and its local economies compete with areas in surrounding states, the nation, and globally for industries and workers. The BBR is committed to studying factors that affect competitiveness including taxation, business conditions, labor force, and infrastructure. The Bureau also is currently developing indicators to compare competitiveness in Nebraska regions and peers in surrounding states.

Economic Modeling and Forecasting

One of the BBR’s primary functions is to provide outlooks for the Nebraska economy. Bureau faculty has substantial experience in developing outlook models for state, metropolitan area, and local economies. The Bureau also produces semi-annual outlooks for Nebraska employment, income, and state tax revenue by taking a leadership role in the Nebraska Business Forecasting Council.

The Annual Economic Impact of Firms Located at the University of Nebraska Technology Park Omaha Area Projections to 2050: The 2007 Update

Labor Market Analysis

The BBR studies key topic areas facing the Nebraska economy. Labor market analysis examines factors that influence earnings and effort of the workforce. Policy analysis studies the effectiveness and economic consequences of existing or proposed policies. Fiscal analysis considers the implication of particular policies and programs on government revenue.

Recent Bureau Project Reports Developed with Graduate Students

Papers Under Submission Developed with Graduate Students

Property Values on the Plains: The Impact of Historic Preservation
(E. Thompson with D. Rosenbaum and Ben Schmitz). Currently under review (submitted March 2009) at The Annals of Regional Science.

Working Papers Completed Developed with Graduate Students

State and Local Education Spending and Endogenous Economic Growth
(E. Thompson with D. Rosenbaum, and V. Khanzhyn) (was under review at Economic Inquiry during 2008).

Student Loan Default among College Graduates: The Influence of Assets, Debt, and Ability to Pay.
(E. Thompson with A. Perumal, W. Sattayanuwat, and J. Sainath) (was under review at Southern Economic Journal during 2008).

Student Loan Default Rates in Baccalaureate Granting Institutions
(E. Thompson with T. Markwell). Currently under review at Economics of Education Review.

Property Values on the Plains: The Impact of Historic Preservation
(E. Thompson with D. Rosenbaum and Ben Schmitz). Currently under review at The Annals of Regional Science.

Bureau Projects in Progress Developed with Graduate Students

The Return on Investment in the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Report for The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce