The Office of Policy Analysis reports on current economic trends and policy issues in the State of New Mexico and surrounding areas. The Policy Analysis team undertakes programmatic research and responds to specific requests for information by business, government, and university leaders formulating policy. This research informs policy-makers and the public on critical issues to promote more effective public policies. Policy Analysis brings together the research expertise of faculty and students in a variety of disciplines. The Policy Analysis team provides relevant data on state and regional economic indicators, including current and projected demographics, employment, industry, and labor force statistics. Policy analysis also supports businesses and economic development stakeholders in the analysis of workforce requirements, availability, and identification of education/training opportunities.
Policy and Economic Impact Studies
Economic impact studies are performed in response to specific requests. These analyses span a wide variety of topics of interest, such as tax and health care policy, and examine the impact of a change in policy on economic indicators.
- Coast Range Impact Report January 2014
- Socioeconomic Impacts of THEMAC Copper Flat Mine Project
- The Economic Impact of New Mexico State University in 2010
- The Potential Economic Impact of the National Broadband Plan on the NM Exchange Carriers Group
- New Mexico Uranium Impact Study
- NM Film Industry Incentives Impact Study
- Military Retiree Tax Exemption Impact Study
- NM Banking Investment Impact Study
- PGA Golf Impact Study
- Southwest Regional Spaceport Business Plan
- Local Government Taxing Options
- The Effect of the Federal Estate Tax on Ranch Owners in New Mexico
- The Economic Impact of New Mexico State University
- Is there a New Mexico Brain Drain?
Economic Base Studies
This series of 35 economic base studies was prepared by the Office of Policy Analysis at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. Of the 35 reports, 33 describe the economic base of New Mexico’s counties. There are separate reports for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), and the State of New Mexico. New Mexico has three additional MSAs (Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Farmington) but each of these are single county MSAs and separate reports for these MSAs were not prepared.
Albuquerque MSA 2016
Bernalillo County 2016
Catron County 2016
Chaves County 2016
Cibola County 2016
Colfax County 2016
Curry County 2016
De Baca County 2016
Dona Ana County 2013
Eddy County 2013
Grant County 2013
Guadalupe County 2013
Harding County 2013
Hidalgo County 2013
Lea County 2013
Lincoln County 2013
Los Alamos County 2016
Luna County 2016
McKinley County 2016
Mora County 2016
New Mexico State Economic Base Study 2016
Otero County 2016
Quay County 2016
Rio Arriba County 2016
Roosevelt County 2016
San Juan County 2016
San Miguel County 2016
Sandoval County 2016
Santa Fe County 2016
Sierra County 2016
Socorro County 2016
Taos County 2016
Torrance County 2016
Union County 2016
Valencia County 2016
The reports have been prepared under the direction of Anthony V. Popp and James Peach, Co-Directors of the Office of Policy Analysis. Graduate students employed by Arrowhead Center also contributed to the reports.
Check back periodically for updates. Click the county name on the map for each study (PDFs).
New Mexico businesses need access to the most up-to-date data on the economic base of each county. By clicking on the map below, economic base studies of each of New Mexico’s 33 counties can be viewed. There are separate reports for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), and the State of New Mexico.
The reports have been prepared under the direction of Anthony V. Popp and James Peach, Co-Directors of the Office of Policy Analysis, and Leo Delgado, Policy Analyst at Arrowhead Center. Graduate students employed by Arrowhead Center who contributed to the reports include: Ilana Boivie, Hector J. Aguirre, and Amanda J. Alaniz.
Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be sent to: email@example.com
Check back periodically for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions and topic areas that are frequently asked of our economic policy experts:
- How Long Do Recessions Last?
- How Do I Calculate Percentage Change?
- Labor Force Flows – March 2012
- Macroeconomic Policy
- What is a Bull vs. Bear Market?
- What is a Business Plan?
- What is an Economic Multiplier?
- What is a Location Quotient?
- What is a Recession?
- What is an Index Number?
- What is an MSA?
- What is a Federal Funds Rate?
- What is the Labor Force? (July 2016)
- What is The Rule of 72?
- Where Can I Find Free Economic Forecasts?
- Where Can I Find New Mexico’s GDP?
- Economic Base Studies
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