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Some of the reports produced by the Office of the University Economist are specific to Arizona State University or Arizona’s public university system.

University Economist Reports

The Impact of Arizona State University Graduates Employed in Arizona in 2017, December 2018
An update to the May 2018 paper that presented data through 2016, estimates are presented of the number of ASU graduates working in Arizona, as well as their average wage, aggregate wages, and tax payments. Estimates are made for each year from 2012 through 2017.

The Growing Importance of International Students at Arizona State University, November 2018
This short paper examines trends in the enrollment of international students at ASU and estimates the economic impact of these students.

The Impact of Arizona State University Graduates Employed in Arizona in 2016, May 2018
An update to the October 2016 paper that presented data through 2015, this paper estimates the number of ASU graduates working in Arizona, as well as their average wage, aggregate wages, and tax payments. Estimates are made for each year from 2012 through 2016. 

The Contribution of Arizona State University to the Arizona Economy, Fiscal Year 2016, January 2017
This report assesses the contribution of ASU to the Arizona economy based on (1) an economic impact analysis, (2) its net benefits as a provider of higher education, and (3) its research.

   Fiscal Year 2018 Update: Table 1 and Charts 1 and 2 from the January 2017 report.

The Impact of Arizona State University Graduates Employed in Arizona in 2015, October 2016
Estimates the number of ASU graduates working in Arizona, as well as their average wage, aggregate wages, and state tax payments. Estimates are made for each year from 2012 through 2015.

The Economic Impact of the Arizona State University Research Park, 2016, September 2016
Estimates the impact of the operations of the tenants at the ASU Research Park on employment and income.

The Impact of Arizona State University Graduates Employed in Arizona, October 2014
Estimates the number of ASU graduates — by campus, residence status, and undergraduate/graduate degree — working in Arizona, as well as their average wage, aggregate wages, and state tax payments.

The Contribution of Arizona State University to the City of Phoenix Economy, Fiscal Year 2013, June 2014
This report provides an assessment of the economic contribution of Arizona State University to the city of Phoenix. The contribution of the entire university, not just the Downtown Phoenix campus, is estimated.

The Contribution of Arizona State University to the Arizona Economy, Fiscal Year 2009, November 2009
An assessment of the contribution of ASU to the Arizona economy, based on the economic impact of its employment and spending, on its benefits as a provider of higher education, and on its research.

The Economic Contributions of the University System, October 2008
The short-term effects of a reduction in university funding, the short-term effects of delaying the construction stimulus program, and the long-term effects of a funding reduction for the universities are examined.

The Economic Impact of $1.4 Billion of University Construction Projects on the State of Arizona, June 2008
A short analysis of the benefits and costs of constructing physical infrastructure for the state's public universities using long-term debt.

Is Resident Undergraduate Instruction at Arizona State University as Nearly Free as Possible?, November 2006
An extension of the February 2006 paper on tuition and appropriations, it includes a quantitative analysis of tuition, financial aid and income.

The Contribution of Arizona State University to the Arizona Economy, Fiscal Year 2005, May 2006
An assessment of the contribution of ASU to the Arizona economy, based on its employment and spending and also on other benefits, particularly the productivity and earnings of its graduates.

Tuition, Appropriations and Constitutional Mandates in Arizona, February 2006
An examination of university tuition levels and public support for universities by state, with consideration of constitutional requirements for tuition to be as nearly free as possible and for appropriations to be made for the maintenance and improvement of public educational institutions.

Related Articles and Reports

Unkept Promises: State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 2018

Funding Down, Tuition Up , Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, August 2016

Is Higher Education Ready for Arizona's Future?, 102nd Arizona Town Hall, April 2013

Can Arizona Universities Reconcile "Nearly Free" Mandate With Improvement Mission?, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, April 26, 2006

Related Links

Arizona Board of Regents

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education

Arizona State University, Office of Institutional Analysis

Northern Arizona University, Office of Planning and Institutional Research

State Higher Education Executive Officers

University of Arizona, University Analytics & Institutional Research