Economic Report Series

  • Labor in Missouri – A comparison of the labor force activities of the Missouri population to other States and the nation from January 1995 through June 2000

  • Mapping Community Development in Kansas City – In a major metropolitan center such as Kansas City, many diverse groups exist with diverse development agendas, including:
    • 1) private sector, profit oriented development interests
    • 2) local government and political interests
    • 3) “civic” leadership
    • 4) corporate business interests with national and global market penetration
    • 5) national and local charitable foundations
    • 6) governmental and non-profit sector social service agencies
    • 7) non-profit community-based development organizations (CBDOs, CDCs, CCIs, etc.)
    • 8) last and often least, neighborhood/community residents, activists, and leaders.
    In Kansas City, the GPLAN Project is emerging as a collaborative tool with the potential to help evaluate this diversity of metropolitan development policy agendas.

  • The Economic Value of Census 2000 – Explores the economic value of the decennial census
    • 1) in terms of the distributional value of governemental spending based on census data, and the cost of the differential undercount
    • 2) as a capital investment in the U.S. economy.

  • Health Insurance Coverage in Missouri: 1995-1997 – An overview of health insurance coverage in the state of Missouri, using data from the 1997 Current Population Survey. Compares Missouri with U.S. and examines the impact of poverty and analyzes individuals without health insurance.

  • Welfare Reform in Missouri – Examines the reduction in TANF caseload in the state of Missouri. Summarizes characteristics of Missouri welfare reform and tries to separate the impact on TANF caseloads of welfare reform from the impact of general economic growth.

  • Urban and Rural Differentiation and Variation in Missouri – This report examines rural and urban population, employment, and income in Missouri, by county. Roughly half of Missouri's 115 counties can be characterized as 50-95 percent rural, and another third as 95-100 percent. 70 percent of the urbanized area population is found in just three core counties in the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas.

  • Tax Increment Financing in the State of Missouri – Tax Increment Financing is being used aggressively in urban areas of the State of Missouri as an economic development tool. The expansion of eligible taxes from property tax to sales and other economic activity taxes complicates the economic consequences of TIF.

  • Business Location Trendsin the State of Missouri – An analysis of a database from the Missouri Department of Economic Development shows that capital investment spending by new and expanding industry has grown dramatically since the early 1990s. The geographic distribution of job growth has changed as a result.

  • Occupational Trends in the State of Missouri – The occupational structure of employment in Missouri is roughly consistent with that of the U. S. as a whole. Projections of change in the structure of occupational employment in Missouri from base year 1994 to 2005 show significant variation from national level projections.

  • Environmental Trends in the State of Missouri – Since 1988, Missouri has substantially reduced recurrent hazardous waste generation and has moved from a net exporter to a net importer of hazardous waste. The State has implemented policies to encourage waste minimization and source reduction.

  • Income Distribution in the State of Missouri – The long run trend in shifting income distribution for the U. S. population as a whole is closely mirrored in the Missouri, with some significant exceptions. The income distribution by age cohorts in Missouri has shifted in a significant way between 1979 and 1989.

  • Employment Trends in the State of Missouri – Sectoral employment has change significantly since 1970, with increases in services, wholesale/retail trade and decreases in agriculture and manufacturing. Since 1990 real wages have been flat with the exception of construction and transportation/public utilities.