Governors and legislatures around the country are hoping that ending Unemployment Insurance (UI) will light a fire under those who are seeking jobs. But a new study shows the end to those benefits hasn't had the anticipated outcome. “To evaluate the impact of the expiration of additional (unemployment insurance) payments, we asked respondents whether this expiration will influence the time and effort they devote [...]
When a new district attorney takes office, police kill fewer people, according to a new study from Allison Stashko, an assistant professor in the Business Economics Group. "Deaths decline no matter what the new prosecutor’s political party or policy platform might be," Stashko writes. "During that time, we find no changes in arrest rates or assaults on police officers. That suggests that officers can [...]
Student debt relief has become a hot topic in the Biden administration, with many calling for across-the-board forgiveness. But Adam Looney, executive director of the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis, says a more targeted approach is in order, since much of the debt - 36% - is owed by individuals in the top 20% of income distribution. Read Looney's full [...]
New research by several Eccles School faculty is showing up in news articles across the country. The research shows that state-wide mask mandates benefit local economies and provide health benefits. County-or-city-wide mandates do not appear to have the same benefits. Read more about the research in Forbes, The Washington Post, CBS Money Watch, The Chicago Tribune, and the Mississippi Free Press.
The tax burden on the middle-class is a huge talking point for politicians. But is the burden actually that onerous? New research from Adam Looney and his colleagues shows that many in the middle class get more benefits than they pay in taxes. Read about their findings in The Washington Post.
Researchers at the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis have found that statewide mask requirements not only reduce the transmission of COVID-19, but they also spur more economic activity, while countywide mask requirements actually depress economic activity. “The thing that really pops out,” said lead research Nathan Seegert, assistant professor of Finance at the Eccles School, “is that statewide mask mandates [...]
Is your property tax evaluation racist? Probably so, according to new research from Eccles School economist Troup Howard. He and his co-author Carlos Avenancio-León of Indiana University looked at data from 118 million homes over the course of a decade, and found a huge "assessment gap" that shows Black and Latinx residents pay 10 to 13 percent more than white residents for the same [...]
It's not called Utah HERO for nothing! While working on the Utah Health & Economic Recovery Outreach (HERO) project on June 1, 2020 in Syracuse, Utah, University of Utah student Ethan Edwards encountered an unconscious adult male who was not breathing. Ethan sprung into action, immediately performing CPR on the man until an ambulance crew arrived at the scene. Because of Ethan’s heroic actions, [...]
The Navigating COVID-19: How to Rebuild Your Business and Reactivate Our Community web forum series has been featured again in the media. The Deseret News covered the Friday, May 29 webinar "State Government’s Leadership Role in Utah’s Economic Recovery and Business Success" featured Rep. Brad Wilson, Utah Speaker of the House; Rep. Angela Romero, House Minority Assistant Whip; and Jonathan Ball, Utah State Fiscal [...]
The Navigating COVID-19: How to Save Your Business series continues to draw worldwide media attention. The free, online forum series, which is generously underwritten by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, provides clear and actionable direction to help local businesses navigate the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Recent installments of the series have been mentioned in the New York Times here and here; Reuters [...]