Category: Economic Research

Remodelers Aim for Aging Boomers

As the oldest boomers turn 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day, their homes can challenge stiff joints and waning eyesight. A Harvard University study suggests recovery in the remodeling market will be driven in part by contractors making improvements to help individuals go about their routines within their own homes. So-called age-in-place…

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2012 Mid-Year Economic Update

At our 2012 Mid-Year Economic Update hosted by St. Mary’s University and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, attendees saw presentations by Keith Phillips, Ph.D., and Steve Nivin, Ph.D. The breakfast focused on the state of the economy for remainder of 2012. To view the presentation materials, click the presenter’s name below:    …

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Texas Dominates List of Fastest-Growing Large Cities Since 2010 Census

According to population estimates for all of the nation’s incorporated cities and towns by the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas had eight of the 15 most rapidly growing large cities between Census Day (April 1, 2010) and July 1. One of Texas cities that made the list of fastest-growing cities — Round Rock — broke the…

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A Look at the Fashion Industry’s Supply Chain

The fashion industry is a global industry, where fashion designers, manufacturers, merchandisers, and retailers from all over the world collaborate to design, manufacture, and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories. The industry is characterized by short product life cycles, erratic consumer demand, an abundance of product variety, and complex supply chains. A new report issued by…

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International Air Passenger Fares Experience Strong Recovery

Passenger fares for flights to and from the United States recently experienced a strong recovery after recording large decreases during the recent global recession. For the United States, the recent recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. Between the recession years 2008 and 2009, after a decade of steady increases, the Bureau of…

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Global Economic Outlook 2012

Until at least the middle of the next decade, global growth is projected to slow to approximately 3% per year on average–a rate somewhat below the average of the last two decades. A recovery in advanced economies is expected to be more than offset by a gradual slowdown in emerging ones as they mature, with…

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The 2007-2009 Recession: Retail Trade

The 2007-2009 recession had a more negative impact on employment in retail trade than did previous recessions. Retail trade lost 1 million jobs during the recent recession. The 6.7% decline in retail trade employment exceeded the rate of job loss for total nonfarm employment by 1.3% but was consistent with the 6.6% decline in private…

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What Workers Want in 2012

Above all other major life goals, today’s college students and recent graduates are looking for financial security. That is one finding from a report released by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. While young people, and particularly today’s generation of young people, are generally thought to be more interested in pursuing their…

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Major Players Supplying the World Oil Market

Even though international oil companies are often thought of as those most responsible for world oil production, it is national oil companies that actually control the majority of proven oil reserves and current production. In 2010, 100 companies produced 87% of the world’s oil. Of the total volume of oil produced by these 100 companies,…

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Weighing the Cost And the Payoff of A College Degree

This year’s college graduation season comes against a backdrop of rising concern over the costs of higher education, the burdens of student debt, and the challenges graduates face in a difficult job market. The issue of costs and rising student debt has touched off a national debate about the cost and value of a college…

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