This section examines measures of economic performance. In particular, measures of job quality and income provide insight into the progress made in raising productivity and prosperity.
University Economist Reports
The Magnitude and Causes of Arizona's Low Per Capita Income (PDF), February 2010
Explains why incomes in Arizona are below the national average, presents ways in which the shortfall may be addressed, and describes the differences between the various income measures that are available.
High-Wage Jobs (PDF), May 2006
An offshoot of the work on job quality, this report examines high-wage jobs in the United States, Arizona, and other states.
Job Quality: 2004 Update (PDF), March 2006
An update of the initial analysis of job quality conducted in 2005, which presented a new way to calculate job quality nationally and by state.
Arizona Job Quality Through 2003 (PDF), June 2005
National Job Quality Through 2003 (PDF), June 2005
Introduction to Job Quality (PDF), March 2005
Jobs, Income and Growth in Arizona: Individual Versus Aggregate Measures of Economic Performance (PDF), March 2005
Compares Arizona's mediocre performance on per employee and per capita measures to its fast growth on overall measures.
Related Articles and Reports
A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy, W. E. Upjohn Institute, 2008
Opportunities at Work: Improving Job Quality (PDF), Center for Law and Social Policy, September 2007
High-Quality Job Availability Slipping Throughout U.S., Knowledge@W. P. Carey, August 3, 2005
Assessing Job Quality, Economic Policy Institute, July 27, 2004