Data Center | Key Reports

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


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.
Recent Reports: The Digest of Biotech Job Trends in Massachusetts, 2017MassBio in 2016 – A Year in Review, 2016
MassBio in 2013 – A Year in Review, 2013; MBC Strategic Outlook for 2015 and Strategic Plan, April 2009

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: OCTANe and MassMEDIC to Showcase Area Start-Ups to Regional Investors, August 2016
 Medical Device Industry Exports Growing at Twice the Rate of All Others in State Combined, May 2011

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: City of Millennials: Improving the Future Prospects of Our Region and Its Young Adults, May 2017
 Boston Indicators Report 2012, 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 Report: Boston’s Economy Report 2017, May 2017
Archive: 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 2016-2017 Global Report, 2016/17
Archive: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2013 Global Report, 2013

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
Archive: 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.
Recent Report: Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England’s Manufacturing Revolution, April 2015
 State & Federal Rate Regulation of the Electric Power Industry A HistoryJanuary 2012; Reexamining Advanced Manufacturing in a Networked World Prospects for a Resurgence in New England, January 2010

Eversource Energy
Eversource Energy operates New England’s largest utility system serving more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Recent ReportEversource Sustainability Report, 2016

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.
Recent Report: Meet the Out-of-Work: Local Profiles of Jobless Adults and Strategies to Connect Them to EmploymentJune 2017
The U.S. Economy Sustaining the Recovery-Policy Challenges, Political Differences and an International Context, June 2012; Beyond Need and Merit Strengthening State Grant Programs, May 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; 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, June 2016
Archive: The Massachusetts Financial Services Sector: A Complete Portfolio – Partners In Managing Assets and Fostering InnovationJune 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 ReportNew England Economic Update, June 2015
Archive: When 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.
Source Document: Choosing Massachusetts for Business: Key Factors in Location Decision-Making, March 2017
Recent Report: Q2 FY17 Massachusetts Economic Due Diligence, 2017
Archive: 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, Q1 2017; MarketView: Boston Industrial, Q1 2017
Archive: 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, March 2017

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: 15th Annual State Competitiveness Report2015
Archive: 2012 Beacon Hill Institute State Competitiveness Report2012

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: Prosperity Now Scorecard2016
Archive: 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard2014

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 19 Issue 12017

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.

Center for Data Innovation
The Center for Data Innovation is the leading think tank studying the intersection of data, technology, and policy. This report ranks all 50 states on the degree to which they are embracing the data economy and data-driven innovation. This is a first-of-its-kind study that also includes recommendations and opportunities for states to maximize their potential for growth and progress. MA ranks #1 overall, and the state does quite well on a number of indicators.


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:
How Cloud Computing Enables Modern Manufacturing, June 2017
Archive: 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. MassTech also publishes an annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, which measures the impact of the Massachusetts innovation economy.
Recent Report: 20 Years of the Annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, 2016
Archive: The Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, 2015/2016; 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: The Economic Impact of Immigration on the U.S., June 2017
Archive: MassBigData Indicators 201520152016 State of Technology, 2016

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: Growing 100K Tech Jobs: Trends, Insights, and Opportunities within the 2020 Challenge, 2015
Archive: 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.
Recent Report: State Technology and Science Index: Sustaining America’s Innovation Economy2016
Archive: State Technology and Science Index 2012April 2013; 2010 State Technology and Science Index (MA ranks #1!)January 2011; Best-Performing Cities 2011December 2011


Barr Foundation
The Barr Foundation focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change, and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond.
Recent Report: , MassMoves: A Vision for the Commonwealth’s 21st-Century Transportation System, 2017

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) is an independent public authority agency which develops, promotes and manages airports, the seaport and transportation infrastructure to enable Massachusetts and New England to compete successfully in the global marketplace.
Recent Report: Massport’s Conley Container Terminal Continues Trend of Record-Setting GrowthJanuary 2017
Archive: 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.
Recent Report: Opportunities For All: The Baker-Polito Strategy and Plan for Making Massachusetts Great EverywhereDecember 2015
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.
Recent Report: Sparking Change in New England’s Smaller Cities: Lessons from Early Rounds of the Working Cities Challenge2017
Archive: Small Businesses in Springfield, Massachusetts A Look at Latino EntrepreneurshipMarch 2011Lessons From Resurgent CitiesAugust 2009 

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.
Recent Report: Workforce Development Transformation Case Studies: Three Examples of Systems Change Through Collaborative Gateway City LeadershipNovember 2016
Building Vibrancy Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal, July 2012Recapturing the American Dream Meeting the Challenges of the Bay State’s Lost DecadeDecember 2011

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.
Recent Report: How Youth Summer Jobs Can Help Drive Down Crime and Launch Careers, June 2017
Archive: What Makes Working Cities Work: Communities and BankingJune 2014; What Makes Working Cities Work: Key Factors in Urban Economic GrowthMay 20, 2014; Hub and Spoke Core Transit Congestation and the Future of Transit and Development in Greater Boston, June 2012