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  News & highlights from Ball State CBER ::   JuLY 24, 2017  

Automation, Trade and Urbanization Require More Resilient People and Places

Our study implies that regional inequality might be poised for a big increase.

Three Ball State colleagues and I recently authored a meta-study analyzing the potential impact of automation, trade and urbanization on regions and households in the United States. The motivation for his study is our casual observation that there is great angst over the state of the economy in many corners of the country. We thought it possible that turmoil surrounding economic policy has its roots in different economic outcomes between regions and households.

Read the full article: Automation, Trade and Urbanization Require More Resilient People and Places

Last week's article: Thoughts on the Universal Basic Income

Summertime Changes

The summer is a great time to try something new, and the team for the Indiana Business Bulletin is looking at ways we can improve our e-digest. In August, we will be experimenting with a new look, but we will keep our mainstay features, including the weekly commentary, data spotlight, and data release schedule.

We're excited to try something new! For questions, email Victoria Meldrum, manager of publications and web services -

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Decreasing Housing

Earlier this summer, CBER released the 2017 Manufacturing and Logistics companion report, Manufacturing and Logistics: A Generation of Volatility & Growth, by Michael Hicks and Srikant Devaraj. Released as the same time as the 2017 Manufacturing and Logistics Scorecard, the report describes output trends in U.S. and Indiana manufacturing and logistics, value added, and productivity.

A few takeaways from this report: Between 1997 and 2015, Indiana manufacturing output (GDP) growth increased 50 percent (adjusted for inflation), compared to 29 percent growth for Indiana’s overall economy. More than half of the state’s economic growth since the last recession has come from the manufacturing and logistics sectors.

View the report here


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July 24, 2017

IN MSA Employment by Sector, Monthly

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July 27, 2017

U.S. Durable Good Orders, Monthly

July 28, 2017

U.S. Gross Domestic Product, Quarterly


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