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Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Local Economic Development

May 18, 2011

Examines issues involved in shifting responsibility for redevelopment and enterprise zones from the state to localities, including relaxing local funding constraints to give localities more authority and incentives to support the most effective programs.

Business Climate Rankings and the California Economy

April 13, 2011

Examines California's varied rankings across business climate indices and the links between economic, wage, and employment growth and the factors measured in the indices, such as productivity, taxes and costs, welfare and transfer policies, and geography.

Driving Change: Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled in California

February 17, 2011

Assesses benefits and challenges of a 2008 strategy to integrate higher-density development, investments in alternatives to solo driving, and pricing incentives, as well as the state's experience with implementing it. Includes policy recommendations.

Business Relocation and Homegrown Jobs, 1992-2006

October 21, 2010

Based on updated data, confirms findings from a 2007 study that the relocation of businesses into and out of California accounts for a very small share of the state's job gains and losses. Includes comparisons with other states and with in-state moves.

California 2025: Planning for a Better Future

June 23, 2010

Provides overviews of issues, underlying factors, projections, and policy outlook for the state's budget, climate change effects, economy, education, population, transportation, water management, and workforce.

Does Broadband Boost Local Economic Development?

January 12, 2010

Analyzes the correlation between broadband expansion and economic growth in 1999-2006 by industry and area and its impact on wage, employment, and population growth. Explores the digital divide's causes and implications for economic development policy.

Do California's Enterprise Zones Create Jobs?

June 10, 2009

Examines how the state's enterprise zone program, which offered incentives in economically distressed areas, affected job and business creation in 1992-2004. Considers elements of relative success such as marketing and outreach and suggests improvements.