Publications

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville: Economic, Community, and Partner Effects

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Charlottesville Region is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “create simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with low income families and the communities of Greater Charlottesville.” Since the early 1990s Habitat has helped more than 140 local, low-income families build and purchase homes and has several new subdivision projects in the acquisition, planning and development stages.  This

With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen

By large margins, Virginians don’t like the idea of politicians creating their own legislative districts. The once-a-decade exercise known as redistricting, which next rolls around in 2021, is a powerful tool for lawmakers to keep themselves and their party in office. When a district is obviously drawn just for that purpose, the process is known as gerrymandering.

Agriculture in Fauquier County: Characteristics, Trends, and Economic Impacts

This study describes the agricultural sector in Fauquier County and gauges the contribution that it makes to the county economy. The study takes a comprehensive approach to measuring the economic contribution of agriculture. Not only does it gauge the economic impact of agriculture sales, but also it looks at the role of closely related value-added industries such as wine and animal slaughtering and processing.

Virginia Local Tax Rates 2013

This is the thirty-second edition of the Cooper Center annual publication on tax rates levied by Virginia local governments. In addition to information about tax rates, the publication contains details about tax administration, valuation methods and due dates. There is also information on water and sewer rates, waste disposal charges and numerous other aspects of local government finance.

Elements of Emission Market Design: an experimental analysis of California's market for greenhouse gas allowances

We use a set of economic experiments to test the effects of some novel features of California's new controls on greenhouse gas emissions. The California cap and trade scheme imposes limits on allowance ownership, uses a tiered price containment reserve sale, and settles allowance auctions based on the lowest accepted bid. We examine the effects of these features on market liquidity, efficiency, and price variability.