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The Decade’s Economic Changes in Three Charts

The decade is coming to a close, and what a decade it has been for the U.S. economy. It started with a recession, a major (Keynesian) stimulus policy package in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, followed by a long term “little engine that could” plodding but positive economic expansion, and ended with a (supply side) stimulus agenda in the form of tax and regulatory cuts, all linked together by accommodative monetary policy.   For all 10 years, there has been a media megaphone that the economy was about to fall apart – for the first two-thirds of the decade most of the pessimism came from the political right (during the Obama years) and of late, it’s been coming from the political lef...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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