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Author:Back, Thomas 

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The economic performance of the New England states in 2001: an overview
The year 2001 marked the end of a ten-year economic expansion for the nation and New England. Both the recession that began in the first quarter of 2001 and the terrorist attacks of September 11 weakened the region's labor market, which had built strength in the 1990s and through 2000. Employment in nearly all of the region's states and major industries declined in 2001, while unemployment became more widespread. Furthermore, the value of exports dropped across most major industries and destinations. The region's residential real estate market remained robust, however, as prices increased faster than in the nation overall. In addition, the region continued to face a higher rate of consumer price inflation than the nation.
AUTHORS: DeCoff, Tom; Fitzgerald, Mary C.; Lee, Seok-Yee; Lovejoy, Kristin; Congdon-Martin, Joshua; Lydon, Amanda; Back, Thomas
DATE: 2002-06

Journal Article
The economic performance of the New England States in 2002: an overview
Following a weak performance in 2001, New England's economy continued to struggle throughout 2002. The region faced faltering employment levels, rising unemployment, and escalating consumer prices. Economic uncertainty was reflected in dwindling consumer confidence. Despite a rather gloomy labor market, New England's residential real estate and export markets flourished.
AUTHORS: Aghdasi, Eamon; Fitzgerald, Mary C.; Back, Thomas; DeCoff, Tom
DATE: 2003

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The economic performance of the New England states in 2003: an overview
Burdened by the poor performances of the labor markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the New England region lost jobs for the third year in a row. The region lost jobs in nearly all major industries and added jobs in only two: leisure & hospitality and education & health services. Even with an unemployment rate that rose, New England had a lower rate of joblessness than most other Census divisions and the nation overall. Demand for residential real estate remained strong, as home prices soared at above-average rates. Consumer price inflation persisted at a higher rate in the region than in the nation; fuel prices escalated at twice the national rate.
AUTHORS: Hershbein, Brad; DeCoff, Tom; Aghdasi, Eamon; Back, Thomas; Becker, Krista J.; Turner, Nick; Gerew, Nelson
DATE: 2004-04

Journal Article
Educational attainment and border income performance
Texas border areas face a variety of economic challenges. In today's labor markets, income performance depends increasingly on productivity, which is primarily a function of educational attainment. To examine the extent to which education influences border region incomes, a cross-section econometric model is estimated using county-level information. Data are drawn from the 1990 census for all 254 counties in Texas. Empirical results indicate that per capita income is influenced by educational, demographic, and geographic factors. Regression output is similar, but not identical, to estimates obtained for other regions of the country. Model simulation results indicate that border counties lost nearly $3.6 billion in personal income in 1990 due to below-average high school graduation rates.
AUTHORS: Back, Thomas
DATE: 2001-07