Auctions are increasingly being used to allocate emissions allowances (“permits”) for cap and trade and common-pool resource management programs. These auctions create thick markets that can provide important information about changes in current market conditions.

Bill Shobe's presentation to the April 29th Richmond Association for Business Economics Jobs Summit outlines some of the economic fundamentals that determine what power the governor has to create jobs.  Not surprisingly, it's rarely as simple as the job creation press releases make out.

This article is about the tools Virginia has for preserving undeveloped land. The existing tools are zoning, use value assessment, purchased development rights (PDR), tax credits for conservation easements, and private easements and gifts. Rephann, a regional economist at the Cooper Center, provides a detailed explanation of the existing tools and information on their use.

This Census data primer provides basic information about the upcoming Census data releases.  The Cooper Center compiled the information from the Census Bureau website (

The passage of the health care reform law, which is to be fully implemented in 2014, will provide health insurance to a large percentage of Virginia’s currently uninsured population. This report estimates the populations eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid under the current laws and after health reform.

The American public is ready for a passenger rail renaissance. Virginia, among the states proving that point with enthusiastic ridership, has the potential to create an outstanding intercity rail network reaching most of its citizens. That is the hopeful conclusion of a longtime rail analyst-advocate and former government official, Meredith Richards.

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