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2018 Data Season is Here

Posted by Joe Demski on November 7, 2019

It is that time of year again! IMPLAN Data Year 2018 is upon us. Beyond our annual improvements, you will find two significant updates to this year’s iteration of our annual data.

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Topics: Data, Economics, Technology, Methodology

The Many Tributaries of Big Data: Where Does U.S. Economic Data Come From?

Posted by Tim French on April 9, 2019

Economic data flows and collects from sources both varied and unique. But which sources are significant and why? And how complex does this world of big data get when it comes to trying to explore the economic landscape? Cue Ms. Frizzle’s “Seatbelts, everyone!” line and let’s take a tour of economic data sources on the Magic School Bus!

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Topics: Data, Economics, Technology, Methodology

Translating Real-World Survey Results into an Economic Impact Analysis

Posted by Tim French on March 21, 2019

Ever since the likes of IBM’s Watson, Google Trends, and Bloomberg Terminal emerged, data-driven decision making shifted from fad to fixture in the business world. But the fundamental shift that big data made in the world of research didn’t change which questions to ask, but rather how we ask those questions. Or, as Douglas Adams might say, you need to really know what you’re asking before you switch on Deep Thought.

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Topics: Data, Economics, Technology, Methodology

Why Selecting the Right Sector or Commodity Matters: Modeling with Margins

Posted by Tim French on March 6, 2019

No two sectors (or businesses) are alike. One fundamental differentiator is that some sectors make goods and some sectors distribute goods as a service. This simple but substantial distinction can significantly affect the quality or range of your results while modeling economic impacts.

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Topics: Data, Economics, Technology, Methodology

Economics of E-Scooters (Part 2): E-Scooter vs. TriMet Net Analysis

Posted by Tim French on February 26, 2019

Barely more than a year ago, e-scooters suddenly flooded city streets across the country. But their presence wasn’t always met with enthusiasm. Antagonistic cities and towns cited public health concerns, street congestion, and even harassment as cause for banning the popular short-trip transportation option altogether.

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Topics: Data, Economics, Technology, Methodology

Economics of E-scooters (Part 1)

Posted by Vanessa Remmers on February 15, 2019

When scooters swooped into Richmond, Virginia overnight last August, battle lines emerged just as fast. Like other cities where the electric, dockless flock cropped up with little to no warning, some decried while others praised the newcomers. Several groups of residents urged government leaders to roll out the welcome mat instead of red tape, but politicians voiced concerns about safety as they issued directives to squash the permit-less scooters.  

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Topics: Data, Economics, Technology, Methodology

Economic Impact Modeling Just Got a Whole Lot Smarter

Posted by Tim French on November 19, 2018

The concept of input-output analysis was theorized nearly a lifetime ago. But input-output modeling as we know it today has advanced in fits and spurts through an infancy that has lasted nearly 40 years. The latest advancement in technology and methodology is going to propel economic impact modeling into the future.

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Topics: Data, Spotlights, Economics, Technology, Methodology, announcement

The Economic Impact of Increasing Exports of Vibranium from Wakanda

Posted by Tim French on March 22, 2018
The aim of this study is to examine the economic impacts of increasing exports of Vibranium from the African nation of Wakanda. With the recent exposure of Wakandan technology and abundant vibranium resources on the global stage, many have begun to ponder what impact such an increase would have on the already wealthy country.
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Topics: Data, Technology

Robots Aren't Killing Jobs... They're Changing the Economy.

Posted by Adam Smith on February 7, 2018

Technology has been scary lately if you’re employed in manual labor.

Every few weeks in the news cycle it seems as though apocalyptic headlines like “Technology could kill 5 million jobs by 2020 ” or “Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it ” creep above the fold.

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Topics: Employment, Skill Biased Technical Change, Technology

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