- Published on Monday, 23 June 2014 10:02
On June 2, the EPA announced a new “Clean Power Plan” designed to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 30% from 2005 levels. The nation’s power plants account for roughly one third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions which scientists link to global warming. This brief looks at the expectations for Kentucky in the EPA’s plan.
- Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:34
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the Kynect exchange operating in this state, seeks to (1) extend health insurance to those who previously lacked it, and (2) increase the generosity of existing insurance policies. Understanding the economic impacts of the ACA, as well as various alternatives proposed across the political spectrum, require an intuitive grasp of moral hazard. Understanding why the law carries an individual mandate requires a similar grasp of adverse selection.
- Published on Sunday, 11 May 2014 12:12
Infrastructure represents the backbone of a local economy. Without fluid transportation systems into and out of a local economy, the utilities to provide the energy and other resources necessary for business operations, the support systems to maintain and operate the physical assets of infrastructure, and the governance to keep things running smoothly, it is difficult for a local economy to grow and prosper. This comment looks at infrastructure employment in Bowling Green, KY.
- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 09:29
In recent years WKU football has been participating in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, pushing into the highest level of opponent skill. This article examines the effect of the conference shift, high-profile opponents and other factors on WKU's home game attendance.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:55
Bowling Green/Warren County has seen a sharp increase in its immigrant population. Has this increase in international diversity been beneficial to the local economy? At a recent event sponsored by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Dr. Brian Strow looks at both the economic and demographic characteristics of this growing immigrant community.
- Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:47
WKU basketball has a long and successful tradition at WKU including a Final 4 appearance and trips to the “Sweet 16,” the most recent in 2008. Interest in the program has given rise to much speculation over the years as to the factors influencing game attendance. Using game-to-game attendance from 2002-03 to the present, Center Director Dr. Brian Goff and Graduate Assistant Robert Cobb explore a variety of influences including particular opponents, days of the week, and whether UK is playing.
- Published on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:31
In November, civic, political, and academic leaders in Kentucky met in Elizabethtown to discuss economic development issues in the “Circle of Success” – an area Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Owensboro as the economic centers. Center faculty and students developed a presentation for this conference, labeling it the “Golden Triangle West” in reference to the “Golden Triangle” of Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky (metro Cincinnati). Dr. Catherine Carey made the presentation. The slides and related comments are made available.