Publications

Appalachian Agricultural Exposition Center Economic Impact Study

This study examines the economic impacts of a proposed Appalachian Agricultural Exposition Center to be located in northeastern Wythe County, Virginia.  The facility is expected to host a variety of shows and events including equestrian activities, livestock events, sports competitions, and entertainment and consumer shows.

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.

Virginia Economic Outlook

Presentation to the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, 58th VAAO Education Seminar in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 17, 2013.

Study of the Economic Impact of Virginia Public Higher Education: 2013 Update

This study examines the effect of the public higher education sector on Virginia's economy.  It is an update of a study conducted four years ago.  The study is based on new information made available since the last study and contains some methodological refinements and utilizes new Virginia-specific data sources to further improve the accuracy of the results.  The study provides a full accounting of the current flow of economic activity i