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BHI scholars present findings to panel on DCGE models at Boston conference of International Atlantic Economic Society

Beacon Hill Institute Michael Head

Paper: Simulating Corporate Income Tax Reform Proposals
With a DCGE Model

BHI on MA State Tax Holiday: The Effects of the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday on the State Economy

BHI study: Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline would strongly benefit Massachusetts, reducing energy costs while driving employment and investment growth

BOSTON - (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline (NED) would bring both significant short-term and long-term benefits to Massachusetts according to an economic analysis based on two models by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. TGP is a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., which funded the Institute’s study.

The Beacon Hill Institute analyzed the economic effects of building TGP’s NED project, which would upgrade, extend and build a new pipeline through New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  The Institute used the proprietary IMPLAN (Impact Analysis for Planning) model to determine short-term economic impacts and then applied its STAMP (State Tax Analysis Modeling Program) model to determine the long-term impacts. Read more

Complete Study (PDF)
Press Release (PDF)

BHI hosts European Journalists from World Boston seeking to learn about Transatlantic Trade Pact


Response to the Natural Resources Defense Council's critique of BHI's study of EPA Clean Power Program

Laurie Johnson, an economist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, recently posted a blog entry that sharply criticizes recent BHI studies of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. It is important, in reading this blog, to understand that Dr. Johnson’s job is to defend tooth-and-nail an organization whose purpose is to promote what it deems to be environmental protection at any cost to economic activity at home and abroad. Read the complete BHI response.

BHI Studies on the CPP.

Virginia: The Costs of New EPA Rules to Virginia March 2015

Louisiana: The Costs of New EPA Rules to Louisiana February 2015

South Carolina: New EPA Rules Will Cost South Carolina a Fortune February 2015

Wisconsin: The Economic Effects of the New EPA Rules on the State of Wisconsin January 2015

New Mexico, The Economics Effects of New EPA Rules on the State of New Mexico January 2015

North Carolina: The Economic Effects of the New EPA rules on the State of North Carolina January 2015

Iowa: Obama-Inspired EPA Carbon-Dioxide Regulations May Bankrupt Iowans January 2015

National: Clean Power Plan: The Economic Effects of the New EPA Rules on the United States January 2015

Massachusetts State Tax Revenue Forecast

BHI releases State Tax Revenue Forecasts for Massachusetts Legislature

BHI predicts that tax revenues will be:

• $24,512 billion in FY 2015, 4.9% over FY 2014, and
• $25,801 billion in FY 2016, 5.3% over FY 2015.

Complete Estimate in PDF

Real Clear Markets: Cape Wind - An unsightly monument to political pull

Playing out in Massachusetts is a saga in which a private developer is using his political connections to trump the interests of state electric ratepayers - and in the process creating a precedent for much broader misuse of governmental power. The saga involves a court case in which state officials invoked an arcane provision of the U.S. Constitution to deny aggrieved ratepayers access to federal court. It provides a study of the tactics to which government will resort in order shore up a green energy project for which there can be little, if any, justification on either environmental or economic grounds.

Read the entire article over at

More on Wind Energy: Interview: The economics of Cape Wind
Boston Herald: David Tuerck on Cape Wind's dubious legal logic

Response to the Instititute on Taxation and Economic Policy Critique of the BHI STAMP

ITEP's flawed critique of BHI STAMP:

On May 21, 2014, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a report entitled, “STAMP is an Unsound Tool for Gauging the Economic Impact of Taxes.” The report makes several criticisms of the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) State Tax Analysis Modeling Program (STAMP®).

BHI responds to the criticisms contained in the Executive Summary of the report. (PDF)

Response to Critique of BHI's Renewable Portfolio Standards studies

An Appeal to Facts in a “Fact Check”

In their attempt to defend subsidies for green energy, supporters rely on Keynesian arguments to promote policies that will provide much-needed spending in an economy. The assumptions made by advocacy organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists are likely to hold only in the short run, if at all. Other arguments often made by critics of BHI's RPS studies have failed repeatedly to address the underlying basics of economics. Ultimately, while BHI sets out to soundly operationalize the true costs and benefits of projects like wind energy, green energy advocates fail to adequately put the relevant numbers to their claims. Read A Response to the Union of Concerned Scientists Critique of BHI’s Renewable Portfolio Studies







BHI's Frank Conte argues against the North South Rail Link
Boston Globe
November 20, 2015

BHI on the October 2015
MA Employment Situation
U-Rate: 4.6%
Payroll: 11,000

DGT argues against the North South Rail Link
Boston Globe
November 6, 2015

BHI on the October 2015
U.S. Employment Situation
U-Rate: 5.0%
Payroll: 271,000 September

Now available: 14th Annual State Competitiveness Report

Over at NCPA:
BHI on the merits of dynamic scoring

MA Economy
Massachusetts State Revenue Forecasts for FY15 and FY16

BHI economists Paul Bachman and David Tuerck cited by WalletHub

From the Archives
What critics of the STAMP model get wrong

What is STAMP? A Primer

A Response to the Union of Concerned Scientists Critique of BHI’s Renewable Portfolio Studies

Why the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy's Critique of STAMP is dead wrong. PDF

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