CBER in the News

By Tom Martin

5 February 2017

A study by Oxford professors Michael Osborne and Carl Benedikt Frey estimates that 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. are at risk of being automated in the next 20 years. In his farewell speech, former President Obama spoke of the relentless pace of automation that is making good middle class jobs obsolete. Tom Martin talks about the implications of automation with Dr. Chris Bollinger, professor of economics and director of the Center of Business and Economic Research in the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.

By Michael Childress, Carl Nathe, and Ann Mary Quarandillo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2017) – Forecasting "robust" economic growth this year and identifying education as the most important factor affecting Kentucky’s economic future, the University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER)  released its 45th Kentucky Annual Economic Report today. CBER is the applied economic research branch of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics.

(7 February 2017)

University of Kentucky economists are predicting “robust” economic development for the Commonwealth in 2017.

The university’s Center for Business and Economic Research, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, on Tuesday released its annual economic report – its 45th such report.

“The annual economic report contains a vast amount of information about the state’s economy that can be used by business leaders, policymakers and citizens to become better informed on economic issues,” Gatton Dean David Blackwell said in a statement.

In his farewell speech, former President Obama spoke of the "relentless pace of automation that is making good middle class jobs obsolete.  Today, Tom Martin talks with Dr. Chris Bollinger, director of the University of Kentucky's Center of Business and Economic Research, about the impact of automation on the workforce, now and into the future.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2017) – What is the outlook for the stock market? What about job creation in Kentucky and the nation? What actions can we expect from the Federal Reserve in the coming months and how will they impact our economy and your pocketbook or wallet?

These are just a few of the topics and questions which will be addressed on Tuesday, Feb. 7, as the University of Kentucky hosts its 28th Annual Economic Outlook Conference “What’s Next for Kentucky in the Global Economy?” in downtown Lexington.

Legislative leaders say the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly will focus on jobs and the economy. That priority is welcome given challenges across the state. But the policy issues reportedly topping the to-do list — making Kentucky a Right-to-Work state and repealing the prevailing wage law — would not help, but would actually hinder the goal of creating a more prosperous economy.

Income inequality in Kentucky has grown significantly since 1979 and Fayette County is among the counties with the greatest inequality, says a study released last week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

In Lexington/Fayette County, the average income of the top 1 percent was nearly 20 times higher than that of the remaining population — with the average income of the top 1 percent in Fayette County at $860,607 and the bottom 9 percent with $43,553.

The University of Kentucky will establish a new data center to advance research of poverty, health care and other important indicators in U.S. populations.

The Kentucky Research Data Center will be housed at UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, heading up a consortium that includes Indiana University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville. The U.S. Census Bureau has established 25 other research data centers at schools around the country.

Following the example of Louisville and Nashville, Lexington will soon start a program to help get longtime homeless people off the streets.

Earlier this month, the Urban County Council approved a three-year, $750,000 contract for the Hope Center, a homeless shelter in Lexington, to provide housing and case management to 20 people.

In addition, the council will soon be asked to approve a $40,000 contract for the University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research to determine whether the program is successful and cost-effective.

Excerpt from article published on 12 Dec. 2016 by Courtney Balestier. For full article, click here