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California Consumer Confidence Craters 

Economic data arrive with a lag. In any recession, it is a challenge to forecast the present and recent past, let alone the future. Because gubernatorial executive orders have essentially shut down large swaths of the economy, the onset of the Covid–19 induced recession has been unprecedentedly swift, making out-of-date data unhelpful in assessing the

A Case for Convergence in California

Are California’s poorer counties catching up to the richer ones? Analysis of California county growth from the Lowe Institute finds that the oft-debated theory of economic convergence should not be discounted.  In classical economics, the theory of economic convergence proposes that weaker economies grow at a faster rate than more developed economies, eventually catching-up or

California Average State Tax Rates on Personal Income from 1980 to 2015

The Lowe Institute calculated the average personal income state tax rates for various income brackets from 1980 to 2015. We find that, in this most visible category of taxation, California has increasingly leaned on the 1% in the twenty-first century. In October, economists Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez of University of California, Berkeley published their

Do Driver’s License Restrictions for Elders Work?

One of the best ways to prevent car crashes is to keep unsafe drivers off the road. Following this logic, many states institute restrictions on the renewal of elderly persons’ driver’s licenses. The Lowe analyzed whether or not three of the most popular restrictions are correlated with a decrease in fatal car accidents involving elders.

1-Year Anniversary of California’s Pet Store Law

January 1st, 2020 will not only mark a new decade, but for animal rights enthusiasts it will mark the one-year anniversary of the enactment of California’s Assembly Bill No. 485, which requires all dogs, cats, and rabbits sold in California pet stores to be sourced from animal shelters or rescue groups. Although California is not

The Rise of “Healthcare Deserts” in Rural America

Many Americans depend on services from their local hospitals, which function as their safety net in case of an emergency and for some, a routine care facility. Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) are relied on by thousands of rural communities nationwide, yet 38% of these hospitals currently face severe financial distress or the potential for financial

Inside the Box: Visualizing Southern California’s Logistics Sector

In the wake of the great recession, the Inland Empire’s economy struggled to find its feet as the manufacturing and construction industries faltered. The story of the last ten years’ recovery is one of changes, as the Inland Empire’s economy has shifted towards jobs in healthcare, education, and, increasingly, logistics. In this new economy, Amazon

The Great Shakeout or The Great Shakedown?

As California hospitals scramble to meet state deadlines for seismic compliance, a bigger problem is looming: can they afford it?  In the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake that struck the San Fernando Valley, causing structural damage to eleven hospitals, California lawmakers looked for ways to improve seismic resilience across the state. One of the

Food Stamp Distribution Among CA Counties

At 6.7 million, the number of food-insecure Californians in 2019 tops the population of 86 different countries. A person is defined as food insecure if they lack consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. Almost all California counties have food insecurity rates between 10 and 18 percent. The problem is not