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CEPS Economic Impact Study on Higher Ed recognized by Jim Ryan

The Cooper Center's economic impact study of higher education in Virginia earns Jim Ryan's praise: "I am grateful to the Weldon Cooper Center for their great work in helping us better understand our impact..."

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Southside preparing for the next flood

"This week, the University of Virginia’s Virginia Flood Resilience Initiative released an online 'roadmap' to help southern Virginia areas assess their flood risks and resilience.

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Reducing impacts on energy, water, and land systems

A more diverse set of CDR approaches could have important benefits and costs for energy–water–land systems.

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The Defense Industry's Economic Impact on the Charlottesville Region

This study examines the size, growth, features, and economic impacts of the defense industry for the Charlottesville Region.


Health care sector decarbonization to accelerate in 2023

"Major health care institutions are publicly recognizing both the impact health care sector carbon emissions have on our environment and global health, and the need to do something about it."

Winery in Virginia

The Economic Impact of the Agriculture and Forest Industries in Virginia

This study examines the economic impact of Virginia’s agriculture and forest industries in 2021.  It updates a study published in 2017 and retains methodological features of that study.

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State Economic Impacts of Industrial Park Development: Evidence from Virginia’s Tobacco Region Megasite Program

The paper examines conditions that affect the economic and tax revenue impact potential of industrial parks and highlights remaining information gaps.


Shobe's article featured in Nature Climate Change

The premier science journal, Nature Climate Change, featured a recently published article by Bill Shobe, Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies.

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Price-Responsive Allowance Supply in Emissions Markets

Price-responsive supply can enhance the performance of real-world regulatory environments through an automatic adjustment mechanism that responds instantaneously to new information about abatement costs.


The Effects of "Nonbinding" Price Floors

Price floors are a common form of policy intervention to bolster prices. In introductory economics textbooks, minimum wages
in labor markets and price supports in grain markets are often the most common examples. In either case, it is argued, (1) a floor

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Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey

"This week Weldon Cooper and the Virginia Department of Energy released the Virginia Solar Survey, the state’s first comprehensive roundup of what solar has been developed, where and how local governments have handled the projects."

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Virginia Paid Family and Medical Leave Study

This report presents results of an analysis for a prospective Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia.