Patrick L. Anderson and Ilhan K. Geckil
A predictive model of voter behavior based on economic conditions.
The pulse of Automation Alley’s technology industry continues to beat strongly, despite a wounded economy. Yes, high fuel costs, strong competition, and legacy costs have inflicted pain on the advanced automotive sector of Automation Alley. However, the region’s technology industry has proven it can stand on its own, and advance despite the automotive industry’s struggles, statewide economic malaise, and nationwide economic uncertainty.
The University Research Corridor (URC) is an alliance of Michigan’s three largest academic institutions: Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. In 2007 the URC universities asked Anderson Economic Group to undertake the first comprehensive study that benchmarks the economic impact of the URC’s activities on Michigan’s economy. This 2008 report is the second in a series of annual reports. While many benchmarks will likely not show large changes from year to year, over time these reports will reveal trends.
The URC had 135,816 students enrolled in the fall of 2007. This is an increase of 5.8% from the fall of 2001, and 1.9% higher than 2006. The students at the URC universities are drawn from throughout Michigan and around the world. Students from Michigan accounted for 77% of total enrollment in the fall of 2007, while 14% came from elsewhere in the U.S. and the remaining 9% came from other countries or territories. The URC has students from every county in Michigan, every state, and more than 150 countries.
A preliminary report released in May by Anderson Economic Group found that
In its report, AEG found that the URC spent $6.5 billion on operations in fiscal year 2006. This figure—$6.5 billion–is about 2% of all economic activity in
Furthermore, AEG estimated that currently over 617,000 alumni of a URC institution live in
The AEG report also compared how research and tech transfer activities at
AEG was retained to provide historic and future projections of the overall market, economy, and housing conditions for four Quadrants, local municipalities, and Ottawa County. This report can be used to market the housing needs of the county and will encourage further housing development…
The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) commissioned Anderson Economic Group (AEG) to update our 2002 report A Hand Up for Michigan Workers: Creating a State Earned Income Tax Credit. The MCC commissioned the original report to provide policymakers with the necessary data and analysis to make a decision regarding the creation of a Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (MEITC). The MCC supported the passage of a state EITC and has advocated for the refundable tax credit as a way to help families work their way out of poverty.
Since the release of the original report, the Michigan Legislature passed and Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law the MEITC. The credit will go into effect beginning in tax year 2008. In this report we explain how the MEITC will work, the rationale for having a state EITC, and estimate the likely cost of the MEITC to the state using information not available in 2002.
The Coalition for Access and Affordability in Michigan (CAAM) commissioned Anderson Economic Group to complete an independent analysis of the special role played by Blue Cross in the Michigan health insurance market. In particular, we were commissioned to: review the Michigan health insurance market, identify the specific statutory mission of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) within that market, and to estimate, where data are available, the benefits and the burdens that result from the company’s activities under the current statutory mission.
As recently introduced legislation would change the relative burdens of Blue Cross and commercial insurers, it is informative to look at BCBSM’s historic role in the Michigan health in surance market, the original rationale for its unique tax benefit, and the costs and benefits of fulfilling its mission today. This paper looks at all of these areas to assess the impact of pending legislation.