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A sample of completed economic data projects that have been conducted at the TRDC.


Heterogeneity in wealth accumulation patterns and adaption

This project employs Survey: of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data to study immigrant adaptation by exploring the unique wealth ownership patterns for those of Chinese ancestry, both within-group and in comparison to other groups. The project will describe how … Read More

Regional entrepreneurship, innovation, and firm dynamics

We describe the role of entrepreneurial activity in regional dynamism, with an emphasis on firm entry, innovation, and labor mobility, using matched Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data and R&D data from the Census Bureau. We analyze economic and labor market dynamism … Read More

Production, energy use, and employment in response to changes in energy production, environmental factors, and the business environment

Significant heterogeneity exists in energy markets and the business environment across the United States. States and regions have adopted different strategies to address both the challenges of supplying electricity and the negative externalities associated with its production (e.g., emissions, pollutants). … Read More

An assessment of the impact of product and process innovations on firm performance

This study uses microdata from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey and other Census Bureau surveys to investigate the impact of research and development (R&D) activity, and specific process and product innovations, on firm performance, including sales, shipments, and/or receipts. … Read More

An Examination of Adoption and Utilization of Electronic Commerce Technologies within US Firms

This project examines the impact of the tax treatment of health insurance on health coverage and spending patterns. The second component is an assessment of the effect of health insurance coverage, and policies that affect health insurance coverage, on measures … Read More

Regulating Pollution Through Information Disclosure: Facility Response to the Toxics Release Inventory

There is increasing interest in the United States and other countries in the use of information disclosure programs as potential substitutes for, or complements to, conventional command-and control or market-based environmental policy instruments. Much of this interest can be attributed … Read More

Efficiency Implications of Corporate Diversification: Evidence from Micro Data

In this study, we contribute to the ongoing research on the rationales for corporate diversification. Using plant-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we examine whether combining several lines of business in one entity leads to increased productive efficiency. Studying … Read More

Alcohol markets and consumption

This addresses three research questions about retail markets for alcoholic beverages. First, how do market size and regulation affect the competitiveness and number of onsite (bars and restaurants) and offsite (liquor stores) sellers? Second, how is the spatial distribution of … Read More

Asymmetry and risk aversion within the independent private paradigm: the case of the construction procurements

Agents’ characteristics such as their wealth, or backlog capacity may affect their attitude toward risk. More particularly, in the construction industry, firms’ experience is an important factor explaining differences in risk management, and hence differences in bidding strategies for procurement … Read More

Regional Industrial Dominance, Agglomeration Economies, and Manufacturing Plant Productivity

In a seminal article, Benjamin Chinitz (1961) focused attention on the effects that industry size, structure, and economic diversification have on firm performance and regional economies. He also raised a related but conceptually distinct question that has been overlooked since: … Read More