Data-driven analysis focusing on Arizona

Data-driven analysis focusing on Arizona

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Welcome to the Office of the University Economist

The Office of the University Economist has two primary functions:


To respond to strategic and tactical needs of the Office of the President and the university as a whole related to the role of ASU in economic development, and


To administer the Productivity and Prosperity Project: An Analysis of Economic Competitiveness.

Incorporating literature reviews, existing empirical evidence, and economic and econometric analyses, the Productivity and Prosperity Project produces reports available to the public from this website. Much of the other work of the Office also results in publicly available reports, grouped into three categories: public finance, Arizona demographics, and Arizona universities. The Office of the University Economist, and the Productivity and Prosperity Project, were created by Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow in 2005.

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Universities in the Knowledge Economy

This portion of the website provides a summary of recent scholarly research on the importance of universities for the labor market success of individuals, the pace of industrial innovation, and the prosperity of cities and regions. There are five individual chapters, each containing a brief narrative summarizing important conclusions and issues and a substantive annotated bibliography.


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