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The mission of the Private Enterprise Research Center (PERC) is to provide Texas A&M University, the state of Texas and the Nation with analysis of important policy issues. PERC actively supports academic research and market oriented solutions to public policy problems.

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  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Ghosh Sinha, Somali (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University, 2024-02-15)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased from 226 in May 2023 to 228 in June 2023. The local unemployment rate decreased from 3.4% in May 2023 to 3.3% in June 2023. Local nonfarm employment increased by 0.3% from May to June. ...
  • Saving, Thomas R. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-10-13)
    At almost the onset of the effects of the pandemic, the Federal Reserve engaged in a massive asset expansion that was truly unprecedented. In just the first three months of the pandemic, March, April and May of 2020, the ...
  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Sinha, Somali Ghosh (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2024-01-18)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased by 0.5% from 227 in October to 228 in November 2023. The local unemployment rate decreased to 3.2% in November compared to 3.3% in October. Local nonfarm employment in November increased ...
  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Sinha, Somali Ghosh (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-11-16)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased by a few decimal points in September and remained stable at 231 compared to the previous month. The local unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3% in September 2023 compared to August. ...
  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Sinha, Somali Ghosh (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-12-14)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased to 232 in October 2023 compared to 231 in September. The local unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3% in October compared to September. Local nonfarm employment increased by 0.10% ...
  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Sinha, Somali Ghosh (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-10-19)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased from 229 in July 2023 to 230 in August. The local unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3% in August 2023 compared to July. Local nonfarm employment increased by 0.2% from July to ...
  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Sinha, Somali Ghosh (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-09-21)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased from 228 in June 2023 to 229 in July. The local unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3% in July 2023 compared to June. Local nonfarm employment decreased by 0.2% from June to July. ...
  • Bullock, Ashley; Jansen, Dennis W.; Sinha, Somali Ghosh; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-08-17)
    The Business-Cycle Index increased from 226 in May 2023 to 228 in June 2023. The local unemployment rate decreased from 3.4% in May 2023 to 3.3% in June 2023. Local nonfarm employment increased by 0.3% from May to June. ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Liu, Liqun; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2020-01-29)
    During this presidential primary season, several candidates have proposed a tax on the wealthy to fund platform promises. There is certainly appeal for a wealth tax, as these proposed taxes are seen as a tax on someone ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Liu, Liqun; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2018-01-18)
    The passage of the biggest tax reform bill in decades, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, comes with a substantial cut in the corporate tax rate and vast changes to the individual income tax code. In the PERCspectives on Policy ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Liu, Liqun; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2021-09-08)
    Despite the private sector’s switch to defined contribution retirement plans, traditional defined benefit pension plans remain dominant in the public sector. In this issue of PERCspectives on Policy, authors Dennis Jansen, ...
  • Rettenmaier, Andrew J. and Saving, Thomas R. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2017-01-16)
    This past November, President Donald Trump pulled off his unexpected victory by adding Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to the group of 24 red states Mitt Romney won in 2012. President Trump won ...
  • Liu, Liqun; Andrew Rettenmaier and Thomas Saving (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2017-05-01)
    The US Government's total liabilities were $22.8 trillion in 2016. The liabilities include the familiar debt held by the public of $14.2 trillion. They also include the accrued pension and other retirement benefits payable ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2023-05-02)
    In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a ‘war on poverty.’ Since then, the U.S. poverty rate declined from 19% to 11.6% in 2021, but one may wonder why it has not dropped further. In this issue of PERCspectives ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Navarro, Carlos I.; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2020-09-25)
    How does Texas’ response to the coronavirus pandemic compare to that of other states? In this issue of PERCspectives on Policy, Dennis W. Jansen, Carlos I. Navarro, and Andrew J. Rettenmaier discuss which states, and ...
  • Moving Up 
    Rettenmaier, Andrew J.; Saving, Thomas R. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2015-09-01)
    America prides itself as a place where people who work hard and don't quit can move up. However, there are concerns growing economic inequality has stymied economic mobility. This issue of PERCspectives on Policy identifies ...
  • Rettenmaier, Andrew J.; Saving, Thomas R. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2016-01-01)
    Every year thousands of Americans move across county lines. In general, non-migrants experience higher average incomes than their migrant counterparts. This issue of PERCspectives on Policy explores how migrants and ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2022-01-13)
    At retirement, the goal of most workers is to be able to pay their anticipated living expenses using their employer-sponsored retirement plan, savings, and Social Security. Today, most workers’ employer-sponsored retirement ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Ye, Tong (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2019-12-02)
    Japan, the third-largest economy in the world by GDP, is also the most heavily indebted of the highly developed countries. Its gross debt of 1,175.84 trillion yen is an eye-popping 213.7% of GDP. In this issue of Data ...
  • Jansen, Dennis W.; Rettenmaier, Andrew J. (Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University; Texas A&M University. Library, 2022-09-12)
    This year, the Social Security program is projected to run a cash flow deficit of $121 billion, one-fifth of the U.S. annual federal deficit, and is expected to be insolvent in 12 years. In this issue of PERCspectives on ...

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