NMSU Business Outlook: August 2013

Manufacturing and Productivity in New Mexico – A Veiled Advantage?

Richard V. Adkisson

Manufacturing is a small but important sector in New Mexico’s economy. Employment in manufacturing has been shrinking at both the state level and national level. The rate of decline in New Mexico has been somewhat less that the national rate. This article suggests that differences between the New Mexico and US manufacturing industrial structures positioned New Mexico to enjoy a greater than average productivity gain in manufacturing than did the nation as whole.

Complete Article: Manufacturing and Productivity in New Mexico – A Veiled Advantage?

Updates to New Mexico’s Procurement Code and Other Ethics Laws during the 2013 Legislative Session

Paul Biderman, J.D. retired Research Professor and retired Director of the Institute of Public Law, UNM; and Bruce Huhmann, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing and Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Chair, NMSU College of Business

While several important initiatives failed, the 2013 legislative session did produce several significant improvements to our ethics laws through bipartisan cooperation. This is especially true for procurement.

Complete Article: Updates to New Mexico’s Procurement Code and Other Ethics Laws during the 2013 Legislative Session

Talking Points

Christopher A. Erickson

New Mexico continues to see expansion of employment growth, although still slower than the national economy. Meanwhile, the employment picture in Las Cruces remains mixed. Employment fell according to the household survey, but grew according to the establishment survey. The mixed picture reflects declining government sector.

Complete Article: Talking Points


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