Economic Policy

Exploration of the intersection of policy and economic trends, public finance, and economic development

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The painfully slow recovery continues

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Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2012

This report reviews economic conditions in Illinois at the beginning of 2012.


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Declining house prices and property taxes in Illinois

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  • Daniel P. McMillen

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews evidence of the relationship between property values and taxes, concluding that falling property values do not necessarily lead to lower property taxes.


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Titanic and sinking: The Illinois budget disaster

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  • Nancy Hudspeth

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews the dire fiscal situation facing the state of Illinois at the start of 2011 and examines the difficult policy questions facing state lawmakers and officials.


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Illinois' economy: Past trends, current challenges, future prospects

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  • Xuan Yin

Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2011

This report reviews economic conditions in Illinois entering 2011.


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Race and the Great Recession

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  • Cedric Herring

Chapter 4 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines the disproportionate effects of the recession of 2007-2009 on racial minorities.


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The regional economies of Illinois

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  • Rafael Angel Vera

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines the Illinois economy from a regional perspective at the beginning of 2010.


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Fiscal condition critical: The budget crisis in Illinois

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  • Nancy Hudspeth
  • Daniel P. McMillen

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report examines Illinois' fiscal condition entering 2010 and presents first results from the Fiscal Futures Project budget forecasting model.


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Illinois and the national economy in 2010

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Chapter 1 of The Illinois Report 2010

This report provides an overview of the Illinois economy headed into 2010 as the state began to emerge from the 2007-09 recession.


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The Illinois economy: Taxing business

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  • Nathan B. Anderson
  • Joshua Miller

Chapter 3 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines business taxation in Illinois using the criteria of equity, efficiency and simplicity.


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Illinois' fiscal future and the state's economy

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  • Daniel P. McMillen

Chapter 2 of The Illinois Report 2009

This report examines the continuing and projected fiscal problems facing Illinois entering 2009 and draws some links between the state's budget and the state's economy.


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