New England Public Policy Center

Measuring Municipal Fiscal Disparities in Connecticut

Recent research uses "municipal gap" approach to assess fiscal health

Why is Government Capital Spending Lower in the New England States Than in Other U.S. States?

New report finds New England states spend less on capital projects than elsewhere

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Can Subsidized Housing Help Address Homelessness in New England?

NEPPC research looks at the role of housing in helping to alleviate homelessness in the region

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The Boston Fed’s New England Public Policy Center promotes better public policy in New England by conducting and disseminating objective, high-quality research and analysis of strategically identified regional economic and policy issues.

Current Policy Perspectives| 2016 Series

Exploring Rhode Island's Economic and Labor Market Challenges

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has recently focused research on Rhode Island's economy. The state experienced a more severe downturn during the Great Recession than any other New England state and for some time lagged other states in the region and the nation in some measures of labor market health. In 2014, Boston Fed research explored factors contributing to Rhode Island’s experience: Rhode Island in the Great Recession: Factors Contributing to its Sharp Downturn and Slow Recovery by Mary A. Burke, Current Policy Perspectives No. 14-9 While the Rhode Island economy has improved recently, some concerns about the health of the labor market remain. In 2015, Boston Fed research explored whether the state's workforce lacks skills that are in demand among the state's employers and, if so, whether such a skills gap or labor market "mismatch" significantly restrains employment growth in the state: The Rhode Island Labor Market in Recovery: Where is the Skills Gap? by Mary A. Burke, Current Policy Perspectives No. 15-7 On April 11, 2016 Dr. Burke presented findings from the 2015 skills gap paper at a convening hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation.

by Mary Burke

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Tom Downes
Tom Downes
Visiting Scholar
Darcy Saas
Darcy Saas
Deputy Director, New England Public Policy Center
Daniel Shoag
Daniel Shoag
Assistant Professor (Visiting Scholar)
Riley Sullivan
Riley Sullivan
Policy Analyst
Robert Triest
Robert Triest
Vice President and Economist
Bo Zhao
Bo Zhao
Senior Economist

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