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Daniel Hodge, M.A., M.P.P.
Director, Economic and Public Policy Research
(413) 577-2393

Economic & Public Policy Research

Industry Research: "The Marine Science and Technology Industry in New England"

Released in May 2005, "The Marine Science and Technology Industry in New England" found that this $4.8 billion industry in New England is a formidable economic engine with the potential to prosper through investments in homeland security, oceanographic and atmospheric warning systems, allied navies, and environmental monitoring.  The report also shows that 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.

Harnessing the academic power of the University of Massachusetts, we worked with professors from UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth to research this significant and expanding industry in Massachusetts.  

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Loveland
Senior Research Manager
(413) 545-0332

Public Opinion Research: Annual CHAPA Housing Poll

We conduct an annual housing poll in collaboration with the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). The purpose of the poll is to explore the housing needs of Massachusetts residents, as well as the views of Massachusetts residents on housing policies and programs at both the state and regional level.

Each year the poll explores the state of affordable housing in Massachusetts and takes a deeper look at the experiences and opinions of residents in various Massachusetts’ regions. In 2005, we polled the residents of Essex County; the 2006 poll focused on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Public Policy Analysis: MASS:migration and MASS.commuting

We worked with MassINC to conduct research on two major public policy issues facing the state: domestic migration and intra- and interstate commuting.  

"MASS:migration" analyzes recent migration patterns in Massachusetts, examining both the magnitude of migration between 1990 and 2002 and the socioeconomic characteristics of migrants. The report also analyzes where people leaving the Bay State are going and where new arrivals are coming from. 

"MASS.commuting" explores commuting patterns between regions in Massachusetts. The report 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 spent commuting increased by nearly twenty percent between 1990 and 2000.  

For more information, contact:

Daniel Hodge
Director, Economic and Public Policy Research
(413) 577-2393

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