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The High Cost to Texas of Census 2020 Undercounts
Report Published on November 16, 2021

Accurate Census counts are far more than just a matter of interest. They are important to ensuring adequate federal funding for various programs and appropriate representation in Congress. In addition, the Census is crucial to understanding population and demographic trends in order to plan for the future.

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The Preventable Economic Effects of COVID‑19
Brief Published on September 16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to exact a major toll in terms of human health and wellbeing, as well as the economy. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have risen recently due to the delta variant, and the spike has caused substantial disruptions. Despite these concerns, there has been massive resistance by some policymakers and individuals around the country to basic protective measures, which is resulting in preventable losses to the economy through reduced employment and decreases in productivity.

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Masked!: The Hidden and Preventable Losses to the Texas Economy Associated with Inadequate Protective Measures for COVID‑19
Brief Published on August 20, 2021

Texas has recently seen a sharp upswing in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This spike has caused substantial disruptions and hardships to families across the state (including many children), compromised safety as schools seek to reopen and address the massive educational gap that has surfaced during the pandemic, and added further strain to an already fragile healthcare complex. Despite these concerns, there has been massive resistance by policymakers to sensible and basic protective measures, such as appropriate masking requirements and measures to encourage higher vaccination rates. In addition to these obvious consequences, this approach is also resulting in preventable losses to the economy through reduced employment and decreases in productivity. The Perryman Group (TPG) has recently quantified these adverse effects.

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The Economic Cost of the 500,000 Lives Lost to COVID‑19
Brief Published on February 23, 2021

The United States recently reached a tragic milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic when the number of lives lost reached 500,000. The suffering and hardships imposed by these losses are incalculable and the primary concern, with few Americans not personally affected in some way

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The Economic Cost of COVID‑19 Fatalities in 2020
Brief Published on January 06, 2021

The high human cost and loss of life due to COVID-19 is tragic and staggering. Few people have remained untouched by the disease in one way or another, with over 20 million US cases. As of the end of 2020, the coronavirus had contributed to the death of nearly 345,000 people in the United States. While the suffering and hardships imposed by these losses are incalculable and the primary concern, the economic consequences cannot be ignored.

What are some population trends for Texas?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on December 31, 2021

Dr. Perryman identifies some data points from the recent Census numbers and what they mean for the state.

What is the impact of the Omicron variant?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on December 22, 2021

Dr. Perryman reacts to recent developments and how they are likely to impact the economy and holiday season.

How should the US respond to the latest development with the Covid‑19 pandemic?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on December 02, 2021

Dr. Perryman describes the importance of the country effectively managing the Omicron variant to preserve economic strength and structure. 

How will stimulus money be divided between various needs?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 28, 2021

Dr. Perryman describes the structure of the funds and some potential priorites for Texas.

How will the Fed react as the pandemic moves toward a close?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 23, 2021

Dr. Perryman reacts to proposed plans and what can be expected in terms of policy as the economy looks to stabilize post-pandemic.