BEBR

RESEARCH REPORTS

We conduct research for a variety of local and state government agencies as well as private industry, often collaborating with other research centers. The studies include cost-benefit analysis, economic impact, education, housing, employment projections, property taxes, and many other areas.

The Net Impact Of Retirees On Florida’s State And Local Budgets

Publication Type: Fiscal Impact
Pages: 14
Authors: Denslow, David; Schaub, Ray
Division: Economic Analysis

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/retiree_net_impact_on_floridas_budgets_final_7-8-13.pdf

Research Report, Retirees, Senior citizens, Taxable sales, Taxes, Florida data

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Polk County Healthcare Study: An Economic Analysis Of Polk County’s Indigent Health Care Tax And Safety Net Program

Polk County, Florida’s Indigent Health Care program guarantees the provision of quality health care to the indigent and medically poor residents of the county. For the past 11 years, a one-half cent sales surtax approved by voters in Polk County in 2004 has provided funding for medical and dental services to hundreds of thousands of Polk’s most vulnerable people.

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The Response Of Railroad And Truck Freight Shipments To Optimal Excess Capacity Subsidies And Externality Taxes

Publication Type: Benefit-Cost, Cost Effectiveness, Fiscal Impact, Program Evaluation, Industrial and Occupational Structure, Public Policy, Revenue Forecasting, Taxation, Transportation
Pages: 47
Authors: Dewey, James F.; Denslow, David; Lenze, David; Irwin, Eve
Division: Economic Analysis
Florida’s public highways are congested. At the same time there is excess capacity on private railroads. Further, the social costs of moving a ton-mile of freight—including costs from air pollution, accidents, congestion, and wear on the nation’s transportation system—are lower by rail than by truck for many types of freight movements. Given this situation, should the state design policies to increase utilization of the state’s railroads? Would a policy that subsidizes freight shipment by railroad, and taxes the generation of harmful externalities, be beneficial to residents of the state? This report examines whether such policies can be economically justified.

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/rail_freight_subsidy_report_0.pdf

Subject Index:
Policy Studies, Public policy, Taxes, Transportation, Florida data

Time-Series Estimates Of Pension Benefits By State 1967-2000

Publication Type: Not Available
Pages: 59
Authors: Lenze, David G.
Division: Not Available
In this paper we describe, compare, and evaluate the available data for preparing time-series estimates of pension benefits by state and present a set of such estimates for the years 1967 to 2000. We conclude that the Current Population Survey is the best source on the basis of timeliness and the length of the time series it can support. This data source, a household survey, is unlike the typical “complete count” administrative records used in the State Personal Income Accounts yet we demonstrate that it provides a geographic distribution very similar to the traditional data sources. Finally we show that state shares of pension benefits exhibit very different trends and these trends oftentimes are the opposite of those exhibited by their shares of social security benefits.

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/similarity2_0.pdf

Subject Index:
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Tough Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future

Publication Type: Education, Property Taxes, Public Policy, Revenue Forecasting, Taxation
Pages: 461
Authors: Denslow, David; Weissert, Carol
Division: Economic Analysis
In recent years, numerous reports have analyzed Florida’s tax system and argued for change. Although these reports are useful in documenting the current situation, they tend to be one-dimensional—focusing only on the revenue side. In fact, state budgets reflect both revenues and services those revenues support, and thus analysis should take into account both elements—and the tradeoff between them. This analysis does just that, taking into account both taxes and the level of services they support. It examines the history of spending and taxing in Florida and projects spending and taxing over the next five years.

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/tough_choices_0.pdf

Subject Index:
Education, Property taxes, Public policy, Taxes

Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future

Publication Type: Benefit-Cost
Pages: 120
Authors: Dewey, Jim; Denslow, David
Division: Economic Analysis
This report builds upon the 2005 report Tough Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future, which warned that the state’s revenue system was overly reliant on the booming housing market and rebuilding from hurricanes. In this report, the news is grim. Revenues were hit hard by the recession and are only recently recovering. At the same time, the demand for education, health, and infrastructure spending continues to grow. This report also highlights the role of demographics and labor markets both now and in the future. And, ominously, it points out that Florida is experiencing a “hollowing out” of middle-wage jobs at a rate faster than the rest of the country.

PDF: http://collinsinstitute.fsu.edu/sites/default/files/Tougher%20Choices%20FINAL%202-20-14.pdf

Subject Index:
Research Report, Baby Boomers, Demography, Earnings, Economic Analysis Program, Economy, Education, Elderly population, Employment, Gas prices, Gasoline, Housing, Jobs, Labor force, Pensions, Property taxes, Public policy, Railroads, Recession, Research, Retirees, Retirement, Taxable sales, Taxes, Unemployment, Wages, Florida data

Transportation Issues: Insights For Florida’s History

Publication Type: Cost Effectiveness, Regional Modeling, Public Policy, Taxation, Transportation
Pages: 67
Authors: Dewey, James F.; Denslow, David; Herndon, Jill Boylston; Irwin, Eve
Division: Economic Analysis
Among the various uses of history, one is to tell a story. Telling a story involves picking out main themes, weighing competing interpretations of events, and relating what happened, usually in something close to chronological order. That is not what we do here. Another role for history is to provide background on current issues, how we got to where we are, with the belief that understanding how conditions that are of concern developed is a source of insight into creating ways to improve them. That is the purpose of this part of our report: to use history to improve our grasp of current transportation issues by indicating their origins. We make no claim that history, and much less our interpretation of it, provides definitive lessons. We do think, however, that an historical perspective complements other approaches. We have selected five issues that pervade current discussions of transportation in Florida. The five are: (1) highway congestion or the adequacy of transportation infrastructure; (2) related to that, whether there is a need for increased funding, especially through raising gasoline taxes; (3) the failure to protect major highways and roads from excessive local access; (4) related to that, avoiding sprawl through “smart communities;” and (5) intermodal transportation.

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/transportation_0.pdf

Subject Index:
Policy Studies, Public policy, Taxes, Transportation

Transportation Issues: Intermodal Transportation

Publication Type: Benefit-Cost, Industrial and Occupational Structure, Public Policy, Taxation, Transportation
Pages: 24
Authors: Dewey, James F.
Division: Economic Analysis
Intermodal transportation is an increasingly important aspect of Florida’s transportation system, one with the potential to boost the State’s economic development and sustain its environment. As such, intermodalism—the concept behind intermodal transportation—is increasingly drawing attention and consideration from agencies and policy-makers at all levels of government. Intermodalism and intermodal transportation can be ambiguous terms. Clarifying their meaning, their historical application and development, and indeed the government’s role in transportation planning aids the planning of an integrated, intermodal transportation system.

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/intermodel_transportation_0.pdf

Subject Index:
Policy Studies, Public policy, Transportation

Transportation Issues: Pedestrian Safety

Publication Type: Benefit-Cost, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Transportation
Pages: 35
Authors: Dewey, James F.; Denslow, David; Lenze, David; Irwin, Eve
Division: Economic Analysis
This report uses economic analyses and presents relevant information to help policymakers determine why pedestrian fatality rates in Florida exceed those in the rest of the country.

PDF: https://www.bebr.ufl.edu/sites/default/files/Research%20Reports/pedestrian_safety_report_0.pdf

Subject Index:
Deaths, Pedestrian safety, Policy Studies, Public policy, Transportation

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