How Many School-Age Children Lack Internet Access in Indiana?
This study explores regional variation in internet access among Indiana households with school-age children. The lack of access likely resulted in significant differences in the quality and quantity of school instruction received by Hoosier students during the Spring 2020 school closings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, this lack of internet access will make virtual learning difficult for some children if schools opt to have online education for the upcoming school year. Published July 9, 2020.
- Authors: Srikant Devaraj, Dagney Faulk, Michael J. Hicks, and Yuye Zhang
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Economic Effects of the Changing Energy Mix in Indiana
In this report, we examine the cost of different energy sources, evaluating the likely path of expenditures in Indiana across different sources of energy production. We then evaluate the local impact of these choices, focusing on impacts of renewable energy sources on the state. Published July 7, 2020; updated August 4, 2020.
COVID-19 Effects on Indiana’s State and Local Taxes
The goal of this study is to help state and local policymakers better understand the fiscal impacts of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and aid with budget planning considerations. We also hope that our work will help federal policymakers understand the risks of diminished public services to state and local economies. Published June 10, 2020; updated June 12, 2020.
- Authors: Dagney Faulk, Michael J. Hicks, and Srikant Devaraj
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Indiana's Government Modernization Act & Local Government Consolidation Experiences: Process and Politics
This policy brief reviews the literature on local government consolidation, provides an overview of Indiana local government structure and the 2006 Government Modernization Act, and discusses seven consolidation attempts that have occurred between 2008 and 2012 under the GMA. A key feature of this analysis is a heightened focus on consolidation planning.
Produced in partnership with the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University. Published June 5, 2020.
Preliminary Fiscal Effects of COVID-19 on Indiana’s Local Tax Revenues
In this impact brief, we simulate the effects of COVID-19 and responses to the disease on local government tax revenues in the short run. Published Apr. 9, 2020.
What Will the Next Three Months Look Like? Simulating the Impact of Social Distancing on GDP and Employment
In this brief analysis, we provide a potential scope of the impact on employment in Indiana in the wake of COVID-19, providing simulations of the likely effect of extreme social distancing on the state’s economy in 2020. Published Mar. 19, 2020.
Occupational Exposure to Social Distancing: A Preliminary Analysis Using O*NET Data
The growing risk of contracting COVID-19 has prompted calls in many nations to engage in Social Distancing. This is a deliberate effort to reduce the transmission of the disease in businesses, schools, and gathering places. Published Mar. 13, 2020.
Do Indiana Residents Spend Too Much on Healthcare?
This study examines per capita healthcare expenditures, hospital prices, and market concentration (monopolization) in Indiana, through the context of healthcare outcomes and behaviors. We construct a healthcare expenditure model of all 50 states and compare the per person expenditures in other states to Hoosier residents in 20 categories of potential causal factors. Published Dec. 17, 2019.
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