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Check here to see many of the key reports on the Massachusetts economy.

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MassEcon champions Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow, or locate a business.  Bringing the public and private sectors together, we work to create a supportive culture for business, enhance job growth, promote  investment in communities, and spread prosperity throughout the state.
Recent Report:
Choosing Massachusetts For Business: Key Factors In Location Decision-Making


The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council is an association of more than 600 biotechnology companies, universities, academic institutions and others dedicated to advancing cutting edge research and advocating for the Bay State’s world premier life science cluster.
Archive: MBC Strategic Outlook for 2015 and Strategic Plan, April 2009
Recent Report:
MassBio in 2013- A Year in Review

Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council
The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council seeks to create a positive environment and united voice for the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry, and to implement collaborative initiatives which make Massachusetts the medical device research, development and manufacturing capital of the world.
Recent Report: Medical Device Industry Exports Growing at Twice the Rate of All Others in State Combined

Boston’s Economy

The Boston Indicators Project
The Boston Foundation coordinates the Boston Indicators Project in partnership in order to analyze and tracks change across 10 sectors and six cross-cutting topics of Boston and its neighborhoods.
Recent Report: Boston Indicators Report 2012

Boston Redevelopment Authority
The BRA’s Research Division compiles reports on Boston’s economy, population, and commercial markets to inform and benefit the residents and businesses of Boston.
Recent Reports: 2013 Economy Report, January 2013; Largest Employers in the City of Boston, November 2013


Babson College
Babson faculty members are leading providers of global entrepreneurship intellectual capital.
Recent Report: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2013 Global Report

Manufacturing and Energy

MIT Taskforce on Innovation and Production
Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) seeks to analyze the state of production in the United States and to propose new routes from innovation through manufacturing to jobs and growth in the United State
Recent Report: A Preview of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy Report, February 2013

New England Council & Deloitte Consulting LLP
An alliance of institutions and public and private organizations throughout New England promoting economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region.
  Reexamining Advanced Manufacturing in a Networked World Prospects for a Resurgence in New England, January 2010
Recent Report: State & Federal Rate Regulation of the Electric Power Industry A HistoryJanuary 2012

Public Policy

The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC whose mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations.
Archive: Beyond Need and Merit Strengthening State Grant ProgramsMay 2012
Recent Report:
The U.S. Economy Sustaining the Recovery-Policy Challenges, Political Differences and an International Context, June 2012

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers
Written for policymakers, informed business people, and academics by economists at the Boston Fed. Many of the papers present research intended for professional Journals.
Archive: Why Did So Many People Make So Many Ex Post Bad Decisions The Causes of the Foreclosure Crisis, May 2012
Recent Report: The Supplemental Security Income Program and Welfare Reform, May 2012

MassInsight provides public policy services to businesses, institutions, associations and government focused on strategic Massachusetts issues.
Recent Report: The Massachusetts Financial Services Sector A Complete Portfolio-Partners In Managing Assets and Fostering Innovation Summer 2012June 2012

New England Public Policy Center
The New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston promotes better public policy in New England.
Recent ReportWhen the Tide Goes Out Unemployment Insurance Trust Funds and the Great Recession, April 2012

UMass Donahue Institute
The UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research unit works with faculty to produce high-level economic and public policy research. The research is disseminated as free-standing research reports and published through the journal MassBenchmarks.
Recent Report: The Economic Impacts of Sequestration on the Massachusetts Economy, December 2013

Real Estate

CBRE Global Research and Consulting
CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, releases reports to assist the industry in understanding the global market trends and conditions that are shaping our economy.
Recent Reports: MarketView: Boston Downtown Office, Q4 2015; MarketView: Boston Industrial, Q4 2015; MarketView: Boston Suburban Office, Q4 2015; MarketView Cambridge Office/LabQ4 2015; U.S. Tech-ThirtyAugust 2015; MarketView: Boston Downtown OfficeQ2 2015; MarketView: Boston Industrial, Q2 2015; MarketView: Boston Suburban OfficeQ2 2015; MarketView: Cambridge Office/LabQ2 2015

State Competitiveness and Broad Economic Trends

MassEcon champions Massachusetts as the best place to start, grow, or locate a business.  Bringing the public and private sectors together, we work to create a supportive culture for business, enhance job growth, promote  investment in communities, and spread prosperity throughout the state.
Recent Report:
Choosing Massachusetts For Business: Key Factors In Location Decision-Making

Beacon Hill Institute
BHI engages in rigorous economic research for the purpose of producing and disseminating readable analyses of current public policy issues.
Recent Report: 2012 Beacon Hill Institute State Competitiveness Report

Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)
CFED releases a scorecard that assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well residents are faring and what states can do to help residents build and protect assets.
Recent Report: 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Third Sector New England (TSNE)
Third Sector New England released a report that examines how to keep nonprofits thriving and how to make them more sustainable over time.
Recent Report: Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit Sector

Massachusetts Benchmarks
A project of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and managed by the UMass Donahue Institute, these quarterly reports discuss of broad economic trends, industry analysis, special topics, public opinion polling and regional analysis.
Recent Report: Journal of Massachusetts Economy Volume 15 Issue 1, 2013

Massachusetts Resource Assessments
In collaboration with the Commonwealth, MassEcon retained John Rhodes of Moran Stahl Boyer to conduct economic development resource assessments of Massachusetts and its regions – as well as market evaluations of 16 43D sites throughout Massachusetts.

The Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy (2015/2016 Edition)
Published by the Innovation of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, measures the impact of the Massachusetts innovation economy. The innovation economy grew by more than $25 billion from 2009 to 2014, and drove $209.8 billion in output during 2014. Also, from 2014 to 2015, the fields (including biopharma & medical devices, computer software, financial services, post-secondary education, life sciences, and technology) that make up the innovation economy experienced higher job growth than the overall economy.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company
The major distributor of electricity in western Massachusetts, is also a supporter of the Team New England economic development initiative and the EDC is a frequent participant in their activities.
Recent Report: 2012 Western Mass Economic Review


Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
The ITIF is a U.S. non-profit public policy think tank based out of Washington, D.C. The organization focuses on public policies that spur technology innovation.
Recent Report:
2012 State New Economy IndexDecember 2012

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Using a collaborative approach to bring together leaders from industry, academia, and government to advance technology-based solutions that lead to economic growth and a cleaner environment in Massachusetts.
Recent Report: Massachusetts Innovation Economy, January 2014

Mass Technology Leadership Council
The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC’s purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests.

Recent Report: MassBigData Indicators 2015

Recent Report: 2016 State of Technology 


Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX)
A nonprofit industry organization focused on the web and mobile and is one of New England’s main Internet business and marketing associations. MITX aims to help member companies recognize future trends and provide education on how to best take advantage of the opportunities those impacts and trends represent.
Recent Report: Exclusive Study from MITX Reveals the Strength and Impact of Digital Innovation in MassachusettsJanuary 2013

Milken Institute
An independent economic think tank whose mission is to improve the lives and economic conditions of diverse populations in the United States by helping implement innovative ideas.
Archive: 2010 State Technology and Science Index (MA ranks #1!)January 2011; Best-Performing Cities 2011December 2011
Recent Report: State Technology and Science Index 2012April 2013


Worcester Regional Airport is projected to pump $369 Million into regional economy over 10 years.
Recent Report: Worcester Regional Airport: Economic Impacts of New Air ServiceDecember 2013

Urban Development

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s mission is to create jobs and homes in the Commonwealth, which it achieves by aligning the state’s housing and economic development agencies to better coordinate Massachusetts policies and programs.
Archive: Choosing to Compete in the 21st Century An Economic Development Policy and Strategic Plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, December 2011

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Lessons From Resurgent Cities
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has been steadily executing a project to help rejuvenate the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Archive: Lessons From Resurgent CitiesAugust 2009 
Recent Report: Small Businesses in Springfield, Massachusetts A Look at Latino EntrepreneurshipMarch 2011

The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth is a non-partisan think tank that uses research, journalism and civic-engagement to fufill its goal of putting the American Dream within the reach of everyone in Massachusetts.
Archive: Recapturing the American Dream Meeting the Challenges of the Bay State’s Lost Decade, December 2011
Recent Report:
Building Vibrancy Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal, July 2012

The Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
The Dukakis Center conducts interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with civic leaders and scholars both within and beyond Northeastern University, to identify and implement real solutions to the critical challenges facing urban areas throughout Greater Boston, the Commonwealth, and the nation.
Archive: Hub and Spoke Core Transit Congestation and the Future of Transit and Development in Greater Boston, June 2012
Recent Report: What Makes Working Cities Work: Communities and BankingJune 2014
Recent ReportWhat Makes Working Cities Work: Key Factors in Urban Economic GrowthMay 20, 2014