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Blogs

Estimating the Need for Rental Assistance in Hawaii

By Philip ME Garboden and Isabelle Picciotto Renters in Hawaii are at significant risk due to the economic downturn. Roughly 40% of all households in …

Early UI Data Reveals Differential Impacts of the Economic Shutdown

By Justin Tyndall and Philip Garboden Two weeks ago the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released its monthly snapshot of individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) …

Multipliers and the effectiveness of government policies

By Byron Gangnes, Rachel Inafuku, and Peter Fuleky The economic shutdown in Hawaii and elsewhere due to the novel coronavirus has led to sharp reductions …

Mapping Unemployment Claims in Hawai’i

By Justin Tyndall The labor market impact of COVID-19 is likely to vary across different areas of Hawai’i. Using new data on a sample of …

Mountain to sea resource management to protect groundwater dependent ecosystems

By Christopher Wada, Kimberly Burnett, and Sittidaj Ponkijvorasin In Hawai‘i and other parts of the world, native forest and valuable linked natural resources are being …

News

Publication: The Mortality Effects of Reduced Medicaid Coverage Among International Migrants in Hawaii: 2012–2018

Congratulations to UHERO’s Timothy Halliday on his publication in the American Journal of Public Health: The Mortality Effects of Reduced Medicaid Coverage Among International Migrants …

Carl Bonham giving the weekly UHERO update on COVID-19 at House Select Committee Meeting

http://olelo.granicus.com/player/clip/77307?view_id=31

COVID-19 recovery study

UHERO Research Fellow Ruben Juarez and collaborators from the John A. Burns School of Medicine are examining the recovery and progression of individuals with COVID-19 …

Sumner La Croix on diversifying Hawai’i’s economy

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/amid-calls-diversification-look-back-hawaiis-history-single-industry-dominance#stream/0

UHERO’s Carl Bonham Speaking to the State House Select Committee on COVID-19

http://olelo.granicus.com/player/clip/77165?view_id=31

Briefs

How Can the State Government Restore Fiscal Balance?

The impact of COVID-19 and the efforts taken to contain it have led to a rapid deterioration in the state’s short- and medium-term fiscal outlooks. …

Prevention of Travel-related Reintroduction of COVID-19 Infection in the State of Hawaii

This plan proposes to limit travel-related reintroduction of COVID-19 into Hawaii, averting further local transmission of the virus from travelers to the community. The plan …

Hawaii Tourism Authority and Sustainable Destination Management In Hawaii

The first rule in tourism development is that the wellbeing of destination residents must come first.  Unfortunately, the majority of Hawaii residents now think that tourism …

How to Control Hawaii’s Coronavirus Epidemic and Bring Back the Economy: The Next Steps

We spell out in detail how increased testing, comprehensive historical contact tracing, and isolation of exposed and infected individuals can lead to a rapid reduction …

Herd Immunity or Containment through Test and Trace?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a viral disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, has arrived and is spreading in Hawai’i.  In an attempt to “flatten the …

Forecasts

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 …

Interim Forecast Update: Hawaii’s Economy is Shut Down to Deal with COVID-19

This is UHERO’s second interim forecast update to address dramatic recent developments associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Much has changed since the interim forecast …

Interim Forecast Update: COVID-19 Will Impose Significant Economic Impacts in Hawaii

The spread of the novel coronavirus and recent visitor falloff lead us to lower sharply our outlook for the Hawaii economy.  In the baseline forecast, …

UHERO State Forecast Update: Coronavirus Presents Danger to Hawaii Tourism

Hawaii’s economy has been on an expected slowing trend for the past several years. While visitor arrivals racked up another record year in 2019, real …

Annual Hawaii Forecast with Global Outlook: After a Cloudy 2019, New Year Looks a Bit Brighter

Hawaii’s economy has entered a soft patch. Falling real visitor spending and a declining population have suppressed demand and halted growth in nonfarm payrolls. But …

Research and Reports

Identifying priority watershed management areas for groundwater recharge protection on Hawai‘i Island

This report provides an analysis of the relative effectiveness of watershed conservation and restoration efforts in terms of groundwater recharge benefits in Hawaiʻi County Department …

Economic Impact of the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority Tenant on the State of Hawaii in 2018

NELHA contracted the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) to estimate its economic impact on the State of Hawaii. To estimate expenditures made by …

Wellbeing and Housing Report Supplement

The goal of this report is to summarize how neighborhood housing price appreciation can impact quality of life beyond individual level impacts (see Love and …

Drivers of well-being in Hawaii: Quantifying individual and community impacts

In Gallup’s annual well-being index, Hawaii occupied the #1 spot among US states for six out of the past 10 years (slipping to #3 in …

Characterizing Hawai‘i’s Natural Resources Management Sector

This report provides an update to the 2015 “Recent Trends in Hawai‘i’s Green Economy: Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resource Management” publication, the second update since …