Policy and Economic Impact Studies

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.

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 2019
Bernalillo County 2019
Catron County 2019
Chaves County 2019
Cibola County 2019
Colfax County 2019
Curry County 2019
De Baca County 2019
Dona Ana County 2019
Eddy County 2019
Grant County 2019
Guadalupe County 2019
Harding County 2019
Hidalgo County 2019
Lea County 2019
Lincoln County 2019
Los Alamos County 2019
Luna County 2019
McKinley County 2019
Mora County 2019
New Mexico State Economic Base Study 2019
Otero County 2019
Quay County 2019
Rio Arriba County 2019
Roosevelt County 2019
San Juan County 2019
San Miguel County 2019
Sandoval County 2019
Santa Fe County  2019
Sierra County 2019
Socorro County 2019
Taos County 2019
Torrance County 2019
Union County 2019
Valencia County 2019

Albuquerque MSA

The reports have been prepared under the direction of 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.

Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be sent to: jpeach@nmsu.edu.

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James Peach
Regents Professor of Economics

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