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  1. Oct 2019
    The rising tide is raising more boats, but global risks and infrastructure constraints are weighing on the economic outlook, declares MassBenchmarks Editorial Board
  2. Aug 2019
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  3. Feb 2019
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  4. Dec 2018
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  5. Jul 2018
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  6. Jun 2018
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  7. May 2018
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  8. May 2018
    Among other findings, the study concludes that no significant decline in lottery revenue is attributable to Plainridge Park Casino.
  9. Feb 2018
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  10. Dec 2017
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  11. Oct 2017
    The purpose of the current Operating Report is to estimate the full economic impact of the first year of operations of the Plainridge Park Casino (PPC) on the Massachusetts economy.
  12. Aug 2017
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  13. Jun 2017
    Low productivity growth, rising healthcare costs, and demographics put pressure on Massachusetts households and state tax receipts
  14. Jun 2017
    Produced for the New England Foundation for the Arts By the Economic and Public Policy Research Group of the UMass Donahue Institute
  15. Mar 2017
    Concerns about long range growth center around available labor supply and uncertainty in Federal immigration policy
  16. Mar 2017
    The Institute provided economic analysis for the Mass Technology Learning Collaborative report
  17. Dec 2016
    The Winter issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features an in-depth study of working households' housing needs in Metro Boston; an analysis of strategic investment in the Commonwealth's Gateway Cities; and an assessment of state and local capital spending in New England.
  18. Nov 2016
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  19. Nov 2016
    The Economic and Public Policy Research (EPPR) group at the UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) conducted research on the young adult labor force in Massachusetts. Research has shown that in recent years, labor force participation has declined among young adults (16 to 24 years old).
  20. Oct 2016
    Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the third quarter of 2016 according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index.
  21. Oct 2016
    Leading regional economists recommend more state tax revenue and greater investment in education and infrastructure.
  22. Sep 2016
    Click title for the report's key findings. The Institute's client MassDevelopment manages the 4000-plus acre property. This is the fourth such report the Institute has provided MassDevelopment about Devens.
  23. Aug 2016
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  24. Aug 2016
    Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2016. In contrast, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, national real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.2 percent during the same period.
  25. Jun 2016
    The Spring issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features a special focus on the medical device industry and a look at the economic contributions of the foriegn-born population in Worcester.
  26. Jun 2016
    This report performs an objective analysis to quantify the economic contributions of the University of Massachusetts system and its campuses on the Commonwealth's economy.
  27. May 2016
    Economic indicators for the Commonwealth are generally positive, including employment, unemployment, and output.
  28. May 2016
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  29. Apr 2016
    Unemployment rate now below pre-recession low; Moderate growth expected in Q2 and Q3
  30. Feb 2016
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  31. Feb 2016
    Deferred public investments in infrastructure and education are taking their toll.
  32. Feb 2016
    An economic analysis of Gateway Cities and the 10 designated TDI Districts in Development.
  33. Jan 2016
    Massachusetts economy slows but continues to outpace the nation in 4th quarter of fiscal year.
  34. Dec 2015
    The defense industry is a major contributor to the economy of New England.
  35. Dec 2015
    The fall issue of MassBenchmarks examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features a special focus on transportation issues in the Commonwealth.
  36. Nov 2015
    For UMass Lowell, the Institute developed a detailed report demonstrating the economic effects of the University on the Lowell region.
  37. Nov 2015
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  38. Oct 2015
    The journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
  39. Sep 2015
    Slowing global economy, "troubling imbalances" are major issues of concern to leading regional economists
  40. Aug 2015
    State economy expands robustly in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015. Strong job and spending growth cause for optimism while international threats remain
  41. Jul 2015
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  42. Jul 2015
    As the second quarter comes to a close, the Massachusetts economy looks to be in good condition although there are a number of issues that merit concern.
  43. Jun 2015
    This business growth study looked at small-and medium-sized businesses (5 to 500 employees) in the Knowledge Corridor region of Connecticut and western Massachusetts. This analysis combines data from separate studies released by EPPR regarding growth businesses in the Pioneer Valley and the Capital Region of Connecticut.
  44. May 2015
    This issue examines current conditions in the Massachusetts economy and features articles covering the state's technology sector and a special focus on initiatives to boost the Commonwealth's small- to mid-sized cities.
  45. May 2015
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  46. Apr 2015
    This business growth study looked at small-and medium-sized businesses (5 to 500 employees) in Hartford and Tolland Counties from the years 2007 to 2012, examining factors such as employment levels, sales and economic conditions to gauge strength of the region and its economic performance and prospects.
  47. Mar 2015
    While February's severe snowstorms may have temporarily slowed the Massachusetts economy, they do not appear to have derailed the healthy expansion that the Commonwealth has been experiencing in recent quarters. However, it is clear that selected sectors of the economy have been hurt by the storms, particularly in those cases where economic activity has been permanently lost rather than postponed.
  48. Mar 2015
    The Metro South Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Economic and Public Policy group to develop background research regarding a possible regional water and sewer collaboration in the Greater Brockton region of Massachusetts.
  49. Mar 2015
    The Boston Foundation commissioned UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research group to study the short-term economic impact of hosting the Olympics on Massachusetts, as well as an examination of the long-range opportunities and risks associated with hosting the Games.
  50. Feb 2015
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  51. Jan 2015
    This report was prepared for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce (CCC), to communicate to residents, businesses, institutions and community leaders, the impact of business on the community and image of Cambridge as a desirable place for business location and investment.
  52. Dec 2014
    The Economic and Public Policy Research group published an analysis of Massachusetts export growth, looking at recent trends in the state’s exports to understand why they are not keeping up with the nation’s.
  53. Dec 2014
    On December 29, 2014, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (VY) will no longer operate as an energy production facility.
  54. Oct 2014
    The State Data Center at the Institute produces and publishes a comprehensive economic overview, the Due Diligence document. This is a quarterly report prepared under contract for the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Department of Debt Management.
  55. Oct 2014
    In partnership with MassINC, the UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research group published an educational attainment forecast, looking at the problems the Massachusetts economy will confront as the large and highly skilled Baby Boom generation ages out of the state’s workforce.
  56. Oct 2014
    In collaboration with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the UMass Donahue Institute examined the extent to which the Boston Metro area experiences “brain drain,” a migration of young college-educated individuals out of the city due to lack of economic opportunities, as well as the rate at which it retains its college graduates.
  57. Oct 2014
    Both Massachusetts and the nation are on track to experience solid growth for the balance of 2014 and through the first quarter of 2015.
  58. Jul 2014
    MassDevelopment commissioned the UMass Donahue Institute to update a report examining the employment and economic impacts of the commercial businesses located in Devens, Massachusetts.
  59. Jul 2014
    This study details the economic impacts of Devens, Massachusetts a former U.S. Army base that has been redeveloped by Mass Development, the state's finance and development agency, as a site for commercial, industrial and non-profit development.
  60. Jun 2014
    For the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Knowledge Corridor Sustainability Plan, the UMass Donahue Institute led the development of a "cradle to career" talent and workforce strategic plan for the bi-state (CT and MA) Knowledge Corridor stretching from Hartford to Springfield to Greenfield, MA.
  61. May 2014
    This report performs an objective analysis to quantify the economic contributions of the University of Massachusetts system and its campuses on the Commonwealth's economy.
  62. Mar 2014
    This issue of MassBenchmarks explores population shifts in Massachusetts and their future implications for the Bay State's economy.
  63. Dec 2013
    Federal fiscal policies are slowing the Massachusetts economy.
  64. Dec 2013
    The Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance (ANF), MassDevelopment, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center at the request of the Sequestration Task Force contracted the UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) to complete a first-in-the-nation study of the near-term economic effects that sequestration cuts occurring in the federal fiscal years 2013 and 2014 have had on the Massachusetts economy.
  65. Oct 2013
    The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC) commissioned the UMass Donahue Institute to study the advanced manufacturing industry in the Berkshires, examining the history, workforce and existing businesses in the Berkshire region of Massachusetts to determine prospects for growth.
  66. Sep 2013
    For the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, the UMass Donahue Institute evaluated current conditions and redevelopment opportunities at a long vacant large 31 acre site near downtown Brockton.
  67. Jun 2013
    MassDevelopment commissioned the UMass Donahue Institute to update a report examining the employment and economic impacts of the commercial (non-military) businesses located in Devens, Massachusetts.
  68. May 2013
    This business growth study looked at small-and medium-sized businesses (5 to 500 employees) in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties during the period known as the Great Recession, examining factors such as employment levels, sales and economic conditions to gauge the strength of the region and its economic performance and prospects.
  69. Aug 2012
    This economic contribution analysis found that Massachusetts’ six military bases support more than 46,000 jobs and contribute more than $14.2 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy annually.
  70. Jun 2012
    This preliminary report presents the findings of a study examining the economic impact that the defense industry has on the six states of the New England.
  71. Mar 2012
    The UMass Donahue Institute completed an economic contribution analysis of Holyoke’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  72. Sep 2011
    New England’s cable companies contribute significantly to the regional economy and to local communities.
  73. Sep 2011
    The New England Cable and Telecommunications Association, an umbrella organization comprised of major cable operators serving the New England region, contracted UMDI’s Economic and Public Policy Research (EPPR) group to analyze the economic contributions cable companies make to the region as a whole, as well as their economic impact on each of New England’s six states.
  74. Dec 2010
    This report provides a look at the scale and specific nature of the defense industry in Massachusetts.
  75. Sep 2010
    Since 1969, Chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General Law has provided a unique tool for the development of affordable housing.
  76. Nov 2009
    The IT industry is widely recognized as a driving force of Massachusetts' innovation economy.
  77. Apr 2009
    This report summarizes the results of 2009 University of Massachusetts/Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) housing poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. This is the fourth such poll conducted in recent years.
  78. Nov 2008
    The survey, designed collaboratively, provides a broad look at the needs and current conservation strategies for Boston’s small businesses related to energy, clean technology, waste management and the purchasing of green products.
  79. Sep 2008
    Growing Talent reports the research, findings and recommendations of the Life Sciences Talent Initiative, a comprehensive one-year study of talent needs in the Massachusetts life sciences industry and the capacity of the state’s higher education institutions and workforce training organizations to respond.
  80. Aug 2008
    This article, published as the regional feature in the latest issue of MassBenchmarks (Volume 10, Issue 2), examines changing income distribution in the state and its regions, showing a long-term pattern of increasing income inequality in the Commonwealth.
  81. Aug 2008
    The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute was engaged by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to review the outcomes to date of the Special Education Transportation Pilot Program.
  82. Jul 2008
    More than 163,000 Mass households will struggle to pay heating oil bills in coming year Elderly homeowners to bear brunt of burden
  83. Apr 2008
    The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University commissioned a study to analyze the characteristics and economic impact of the veterinary medical industry in the six-state New England region.
  84. Jan 2008
    The City of Springfield engaged the UMass Donahue Institute to prepare an assessment of economic needs in Springfield’s low and moderate income neighborhoods.
  85. Nov 2007
    The defense sector, defined in this study as commercial activity generated by U.S. defense and homeland security contracts, military personnel payroll, and retiree benefits paid to state residents, is a key driver of the Massachusetts economy.
  86. May 2007
    Boston, MA - The burden on municipal budgets of mixed-income homeownership developments in Massachusetts may not be as great as is often assumed, according to a new study prepared by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
  87. Apr 2007
    The UMass Donahue Institute recently released the study, “Help Wanted 2: Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of Human Services Workers in Massachusetts,” commissioned by the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc.
  88. Apr 2007
    The Economic and Public Policy Research Unit recently prepared a major industry study for the Massachusetts High Technology Council.
  89. Feb 2007
    This report presents the results of the third annual housing poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
  90. Jun 2006
    Reports II and III are technical reports which further supplement the economic analysis provided in Report I.
  91. Jun 2006
    Reports II and III are technical reports which further supplement the economic analysis provided in Report I.
  92. Jun 2006
    This study, initiated and funded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, analyzes the economic value of the coastal and marine economies in Massachusetts.
  93. Apr 2006
    The UMass Donahue Institute has released the study, “Help Wanted: The Future of the Human Services Workforce in Massachusetts” commissioned by The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc.
  94. Mar 2006
    In November 2005, the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute conducted its second annual housing poll in collaboration with the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA).
  95. Dec 2005
    The Massachusetts Regional Benchmarking Project is designed to provide regional economic development stakeholders in Massachusetts with a set of indicators tailored to reveal regional progress toward the achievement of locally-established economic development goals.
  96. Jul 2005
    A thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis of the economic impact of payroll and expenditures at the Otis ANG Base was conducted.
  97. May 2005
    The $4.8 billion marine science industry of New England is a formidable economic engine that has the potential to prosper through investments in homeland security, oceanographic and atmospheric warning systems, allied navies, and environmental monitoring, but the industry is in danger of running aground in the global competition for investment unless it can find more highly skilled workers and research support, according to a study released today by the UMass Donahue Institute.
  98. Dec 2004
    A poll conducted for the Citizen's Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) on the state of affordable housing in Massachusetts where residents statewide were polled, along with residents of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts.
  99. Oct 2004
    This study, exploring commuting patterns between regions in Massachusetts, finds that commute times in Massachusetts, which were roughly in line with the national average two decades ago, have since increased considerably and at a much faster pace than the nation as a whole. Time lost to commuting increased by nearly 20 percent between 1990 and 2000.
  100. Oct 2004
    A study by Massachusetts Telecommunications Council, with data analysis provided by the UMass Donahue Institute.
  101. Sep 2004
    Hanscom Air Force Base and Natick Soldier Systems Center are major contributors to the economy of the Commonwealth and its regions.
  102. May 2004
    The medical-device community is an integral component of the Massachusetts economy, providing high-paying jobs and designing and manufacturing some of the world's most innovative medical products.
  103. May 2004
    This report, surveying attitudes and expectations of small business owners in all six New England states, was designed to assess the economic outlook for small businesses operating in New England.
  104. Dec 2003
    This report addresses two major issues of concern to the Town of Erving: redevelopment of a prominent brownfield site and the promotion of affordable housing.
  105. Dec 2003
    This research analyzes recent migration patterns in Massachusetts, examining both the magnitude of migration over the last 12 years and the characteristics of migrants.
  106. Nov 2003
    This study offers an economic analysis of the state's telecommunications industry, including trends and ranking among other states.
  107. Oct 2003
    A comprehensive study of the fiscal impact of new housing development in Massachusetts prepared for the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.
  108. Oct 2003
    This report discusses recent trends and developments in the financial services industry in the United States and Massachusetts, offering scenarios for the industry's future evolution.
  109. Feb 2003
    The industry consists of 264 manufacturing establishments, with nearly 21,000 employees, a payroll of almost $1 billion, and shipments valued at $4 billion, making Massachusetts second only to Minnesota in the production of medical devices.
  110. Nov 2002
    This study examines the employment, sales, investment trends, and various segments of the telecommunications industry in Massachusetts and concludes that the industry will continue to be a critical part of the Massachusetts economy.
  111. Aug 2002
    This study analyzes Massachusetts and its regional economic dynamics for the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development.
  112. Jun 2002
    This study describes the effects of two decades of boom and bust on workers and families, analyzing winners and losers in a new state economy.
  113. Mar 2002
    This report presents an analysis of a cluster of new media businesses – or technology enterprise - in Berkshire County.
  114. Jan 2002
    This report presents the findings of a survey of individuals and organizations aligned with bTech.
  115. Oct 2001
    This report analyzes the Bristol Workforce Investment Area and identifies strategies to aid regional employers in finding the workers they need and to aid residents in attaining the skill levels sought by those employers
  116. May 2001
    The medical device industry in Massachusetts is both an ongoing vital contributor and a stabilizing factor to the state's economy during the recent recession, providing high paying manufacturing jobs, contributing to total state exports, attracting significant amounts of venture capital investment and utilizing local suppliers, according to this new, detailed study.
  117. May 2001
    The medical device industry in Massachusetts is both an ongoing vital contributor and a stabilizing factor to the state's economy during the recent recession.
  118. Apr 2001
    The origins, development and trends of jet engine manufacturing in Massachusetts is analyzed and compared to national and international competition.
  119. Nov 2000
    This case study details a 150-acre family farm that has been in operation for three generations, utilizing interviews with the farmer in July 2000 and a review of his business plan and financial statements.
  120. Nov 2000
    This paper examines the extent to which the primary food production sectors of New England's agricultural economy have been able to satisfy the demands of an increasing consumer population, concluding that the outlook for future growth is promising.
  121. Nov 2000
    This paper examines the food and lumber processing industries in Massachusetts over the last four decades as well as a general assessment of the total food marketing system in Massachusetts in 1997, the most recent year for which data was available.
  122. Nov 2000
    This study offers separate discussions of the farming and forestry sectors of the Massachusetts agricultural economy.
  123. Nov 2000
    Since colonial times, Massachusetts has held fast to its cherished legacy as an agricultural state.
  124. Oct 2000
    This study looks at the relationship between information technology development and economic development in recently distressed rural and urban locations.
  125. Oct 2000
    A report detailing the decline of the environmental industry in the 1990s.
  126. Sep 2000
    This report summarizes employment and earnings, and identifies important trends within various sectors of the Massachusetts Marine Economy, which includes commercial seafood industries, marine transportation, tourism and recreation, marine technology and education and coastal construction and real estate.
  127. Mar 2000
    This study defines specific policy steps that might be taken to support the plastics industry, which is one of the key economic sectors in north central Massachusetts.
  128. Mar 2000
    A report to the City of Leominster to define steps to support the plastics industry in North Central Massachusetts, and to enable policymakers to "move the question" on whether and how the development of a regional plastics technology center is feasible.
  129. Mar 2000
    The textile and apparel industries have been de-coupling from each other at many levels for the last two decades: customer/supplier relationships, technological levels, rates of investment, and competitive position in the global and North American markets.
  130. Jun 1999
    This report provides a detailed analysis of the pharmaceutical industry in Massachusetts.
  131. Apr 1999
    In this 1999 study for the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council, the relative size, composition and growth trends of the information technology sector are discussed.
  132. Jun 1997
    A two-year study conducted for the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association.

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