The Platte Institute for Economic Research is releasing a series of reports on increasing economic opportunity in Nebraska.
Sarah Curry, policy director, says the goal is to identify barriers and look at what is working in other states.
“While Nebraska is doing well in certain areas, it’s not doing as well in other areas, and there are things that we can learn from these states,” Curry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Maybe there’s a law on the books or maybe there’s a regulation in place that’s keeping growth from occurring.”
Curry says the briefs, which will be released over the course of the summer, will focus on such things as population migration, tax policy, education, and small businesses.
The Platte Institute worked with economist Russell Sobel to create the papers.
Jim Vokal, Platte Institute CEO, says Sobel has identified several barriers in Nebraska hindering job and population growth.
“Dr. Sobel has an extensive background in studying the growth of other states,” Vokal said on a conference call with reporters. “He also has extensive background on identifying the best catalysts and the best environment for entrepreneurships in various states.”
The first specific policy issue that will be released is on population migration.
“We’re going to be focused on where people are moving to and where they’re coming from,” Curry says, “and then we’re also going to analyze the amount of money they bring with them.”