ACRE Student Spotlight: Zakree Massey

By Caleb Taylor Does expanding the scope of practice of nurse practitioners improve mental health outcomes in certain populations? ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Zakree Massey and UCA Associate Professor of Economics and ACRE Director Dr. David Mitchell answer this question and more in a forthcoming paper entitled “Expanding the Use of Nurse Practitioners and Young […]

How Arkansas Can Address Its Shortage of Primary Health Care

By Caleb Taylor How can Arkansas improve its access to medical care? Let nurse practitioners practice to the full extent of their education and training, according to ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Dr. Maryam Almasifard in an op-ed “Improve access” published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March 9.  Almasifard says: Residents in rural areas are even […]

Greater Sunshine: Benton County Becoming More Transparent

By Mavuto Kalulu Benton County ranks second in the state in terms of their web transparency. Only Washington County ranks higher. This is according to the 2019 report, “Access Arkansas – County Web Transparency” published by the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (ACRE) on December 20, 2019. Benton County’s transparency score of 0.762 reflects […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Tanner Corley

By Caleb Taylor What was the motivation and reasoning behind the original state regulation of barbers in Arkansas? ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Tanner Corley explores this question and more in a paper entitled “For Public Health or Private Gain?” co-authored with ACRE Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Marcus Witcher. This topic is timely considering legislation was proposed, but […]

Student Behavior Improves with More School Options

By Caleb Taylor How do charter school options affect student discipline in traditional public schools in Arkansas? A research paper entitled “The Effects of Charter Schools on Disciplinary Infractions in Traditional Public Schools: Evidence from Arkansas,” by ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu, ACRE Scholar and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Thomas Snyder, and […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Macy Scheck

By Caleb Taylor How did a 2009 state severance tax increase affect natural gas production in Arkansas?  Not much, according to a forthcoming paper entitled “Examining the effect of Arkansas’s increased severance tax rate on natural gas production,” co-authored by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Macy Scheck and UCA Professor of Finance Dr. Mike Casey According […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Ryan Jackson

By Caleb Taylor Does the occupational licensing of nursing home administrators affect the quality of care of nursing home residents? A forthcoming paper by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Ryan Jackson and ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Alex Kanode examines this question. Jackson is a part of ACRE’s Research Fellowship Program. In this program, students work with […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Erica Smith

By Caleb Taylor Is there a connection between getting re-elected and which counties get economic development incentives?  A new working paper entitled “Do Politicians Use Targeted Economic Incentives for Political Gains? Evidence from Arkansas Gubernatorial Elections” co-authored by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Erica Smith, ACRE Affiliated Researcher and UCA Lecturer I of Economics Jacob Bundrick, […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Elsa Mattson

By Caleb Taylor Do occupational licensing regulations affect the amount of business establishments within states? The answer is “yes,” according to a forthcoming paper entitled “Occupational Licensing Effects on Business Establishments” co-authored by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Elsa Mattson. According to the abstract of the paper: This paper investigates the effects of state occupational licensing […]

Bundrick Questions Benefits of Economic Development Incentives

By Caleb Taylor Are economic development incentives a cost or benefit to Arkansas?  ACRE Affiliated Researcher and UCA Lecturer I of Economics Jacob Bundrick was quoted in an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette titled “Tax incentives audit cites impact on state; critics doubt programs key to luring firms,” published on December 14.  The article focuses […]