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How Bad? Labor Underutilization in Hawaii During the Pandemic

By James Mak The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently issued revised estimates of civilian labor force and unemployment in Hawaii for all of …

COVID-19 infections, vaccines, and economic recovery

By Carl Bonham, Peter Fuleky, Byron Gangnes, and Justin Tyndall A year ago Hawaii was operating under its first COVID-19 Stay at Home Order. As …

Mobility Data Shows Fewer Residents Staying at Home

By Joshua Hu and Justin Tyndall Hawaii has steadily moved forward with its vaccination initiative. Currently, the CDC reports that 26% of Hawai’i residents are …

Location, Location, Location! A uniquely Hawaiʻi economic development strategy

Read the full UHERO Brief. By Steven Bond-Smith* Hawai‘i’s vulnerability to economic shocks has become a paramount concern during the pandemic. Extreme specialization in the …

The Hawaii Film Tax Credit: An Update

By Sumner La Croix and James Mak In 1997, Hawaii was one of the first states to grant tax credits to attract content producers to …

News

New Environmental Policy and Planning Group publication

A new publication led by ʻIke Wai and UHERO’s Environmental Policy and Planning Group evaluates the projected change in groundwater recharge, sustainable yield, and groundwater …

New UHERO publication on agroforestry restoration in Hawaiʻi

Congratulations to former UHERO graduate student Angel Melone and team on publication of her article: “Assessing Baseline Carbon Stocks for Forest Transitions: A Case Study …

Publication: Priority watershed management areas for groundwater recharge and drinking water protection: A case study from Hawai‘i Island

Targeted investment in native forest protection and restoration translates into groundwater recharge and drinking water benefits on Hawaiʻi Island. UHERO Environmental Policy and Planning Group’s …

Unique pattern of COVID-19 infection in the State of Hawai‘i

UHERO’s Sumner La Croix and coauthors published “Unique pattern of COVID-19 infection in the State of Hawai‘i” in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, and …

Congratulations to UHERO’s Timothy Halliday

Congratulations to UHERO’s Timothy Halliday on his new publication in the Journal of Public Economics, “Intergenerational mobility in self-reported health status in the US.” Halliday …

Briefs

The Agricultural Economic Landscape in Hawai‘i and the Potential for Future Economic Viability

By Sarah Rehkamp, Michael J. Roberts, and James M. MacDonald In a recent UHERO policy brief, Reviving Agriculture to Diversify Hawai‘i’s Economy, authors pointed to …

Taxing Income in the New World of Teleworking

By Robert D. Ebel and James Mak Covid-19 has accelerated the growth of teleworking/telecommuting in the U.S. As a result, states are having to confront …

Traffic in Honolulu: How to Make Transitory Pandemic Gains Permanent

By Justin Tyndall and Sumner La Croix During the COVID-19 pandemic, Honolulu traffic became much less congested.  Local and state governments could help residents keep the social …

Location, Location, Location! A uniquely Hawai‘i economic development strategy

Read the summary blog post. By Steven Bond-Smith Hawaiʻi’s economy is in trouble. Unemployment is typically low in Hawai‘i and it was close to an …

Understanding the Role of the Hawaii Film/TV/Digital Production Tax Credit In Diversifying the Hawaii Economy

By Sumner La Croix and James Mak Blog: The Hawaii Film Tax Credit: An Update Hawaii is one of 32 states in 2020 to offer …

Forecasts

UHERO Forecast for the State of Hawaii: Vaccinations and US Strength Drive Upgraded Hawaii Forecast

Economic conditions in Hawaii are improving. The dominant US visitor market has outperformed expectations, and built-up savings and pent-up demand will drive mainland arrivals to …

UHERO Forecast for the State of Hawaii: More Substantial Recovery in Sight

Hawaii is struggling to emerge from the COVID-19 downturn, but the recovery is poised to accelerate. Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage …

Annual Hawaii Forecast With Global Outlook: Mainland COVID-19 surge means a bleak winter, but vaccines promise 2021 growth

The Hawaii economy began to recover from the COVID-19 downturn by the end of the second quarter, but subsequent global waves of the pandemic have …

UHERO State Forecast Update: Hawaii in early stages of recovery, then a setback

Hawaii’s COVID-19 resurgence put the brakes on a very tentative economic recovery. The further delay of the visitor industry restart and renewed strict social distancing …

UHERO Forecast with Scenario Analysis: Battered by COVID-19, Hawaii begins to reopen

The novel coronavirus crisis hit Hawaii with devastating effect. The abrupt economic shut-down, while successful in limiting the virus’s spread, has produced by far our …

Research and Reports

The Economic Impact of the University of Hawai‘i System 2021 Update

This report estimates the University of Hawai‘i (UH) System’s economic activity in the state of Hawai‘i in fiscal year 2020, where we define economic impact …

Sea Level Rise and Home Prices: Evidence from Long Island

Global sea level rise is a known consequence of climate change. As predictions of sea level rise have grown in magnitude and certainty, coastal real …

The Impact of Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries on Crime: Evidence from a Lottery Experiment

Many North American jurisdictions have legalized the operation of recreational marijuana dispensaries. A common concern is that dispensaries may contribute to local crime. Identifying the …

Implications of a “Green Tariff” for the University of Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Electric Company, and other Customers

In June 2015 the State passed a law setting a goal for the University of Hawai‘i (UH) to produce as much renewable energy as the …

Pedestrian Deaths and Large Vehicles

Traffic fatalities in the US have been rising among pedestrians even as they fall among motorists. Contemporaneously, the US has undergone a significant shift in …