Publications | The Perryman Group
Soaring Shelter Spending
Column Published in syndication February 14, 2024

The substantial and rapid increase in the price of housing, whether rented or purchased, has significant implications for millions of households. Wages have been trending upward of late, but with increases in the cost of many items even as overall inflation moderates, many people continue to struggle. The spike in home and apartment prices, which represent the largest expenditure category for most families, is posing difficulties throughout the country. Let's take a brief look.

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The Economic Benefits of Texas‑Mexico Trade
Brief Published on February 15, 2024

Trade between the United States and Mexico is crucial to both nations, and Texas has been the leading state for exports and imports between the two countries for decades. The Perryman Group estimates that trade between Texas and Mexico generates business activity across the United States of almost $1 trillion in gross domestic product annually and more than 8 million jobs (including multiplier effects and based on 2023 trade levels), with much of the activity concentrated in Texas.

Mexican Trade
Column Published in syndication February 07, 2024

As the migrant crisis engulfs the border and the politics become increasingly complex and counterproductive, it is useful to remember the economic significance of our relationship with our southern neighbor. Let's briefly explore.

How big of a problem is housing affordability?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 09, 2024

Dr. Perryman discusses how much Americans are spending on rent and utilities.

How did the Texas oil and gas industry perform in 2023?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on February 08, 2024

Dr. Perryman discusses how the Texas oil and gas industry performed in 2023 and the outlook for the future.

An Unrefreshing Pause
Column Published in syndication January 31, 2024

A moratorium was recently issued on permits for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. Although the reasons were purportedly related to climate change, the reality is that slowing the development of this market is actually deleterious for the environment, not to mention the global economy, human sustainability, and geopolitical stability.

How are consumers feeling about the economy and inflation?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on January 31, 2024

Dr. Perrymand discusses the latest consumer sentiment about the economy.

Troubled Waters
Column Published in syndication January 24, 2024

Tensions are running high in the Red Sea. Houthi rebels based in Yemen have been targeting cargo ships, firing missiles at vessels bearing flags of a variety of nations. Their goal appears to be to widen the conflict in the Middle East while simultaneously putting pressure on Europe.

What did the Texas jobs report look like in December?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on January 24, 2024

Dr. Perryman discusses the Texas job market for December and the outlook for 2024.

People and Places
Column Published in syndication January 17, 2024

New population estimates have been released, and once again Texas gained far more residents than any other state. The US population increased by a little more than 1.6 million people during the 12 months ending in July 2023. That's a rise of just 0.5%, but it's better than the 0.4% increase in 2022 or 2021's 0.2% gain. Migration was up, and there was a drop in deaths (though they remain well above pre-COVID levels).