Researchers at the LSU Division of Economic Development conduct applied economics to support economic development and public policy decisions. Our projects include economic impact studies, program evaluations, forecasting, and a broad range of economics research assessing the impact of potential policies.
Our research entails working with a variety of state agencies. These agencies have included projects with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Corrections, the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Governor’s Office.
Annually, we produce the Louisiana Economic Outlook, or LEO, which analyzes the state’s economy and that of major metropolitan areas to forecast the state’s employment for the next two years. Businesses use projections in the LEO to help predict their own sales and revenue to make critical business decisions. Additionally, the research we conduct influences the quality of the information available to state agencies and Louisiana’s citizens, which in turn enhances the quality of their decisions.
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