NMSU Business Outlook: August 2009

From the Desk of a Teaching Economist: The New Relevance of the Medical Care Price Index

Michael G. Ellis

During the next few months, we will be bombarded with facts, figures, charges, counter charges, and outright fabrications about proposed reforms for delivering health care. Political drama is one thing, but trying to separate fact from fiction is another; thus, my attempt to expose one tiny piece of the health care picture that we might help us make policy decisions.

Complete Article: From the Desk of a Teaching Economist: The New Relevance of the Medical Care Price Index

Recession and Employment

Christopher A. Erickson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, NMSU, and Anthony V. Popp, Ph.D. Professor of Economics NMSU

Generally speaking, New Mexico is somewhat insensitive to national business cycles because of its relatively large government sector, which tends to be unaffected by business cycles, and its relatively small manufacturing sector, which tends to reflect business cycles.

Complete Article: Recession and Employment

Talking Points

Christopher A. Erickson and James Libbin

Complete Article: Talking Points


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