Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research

The Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research specializes in applied economic and demographic research, with a geographic emphasis on Arizona and the metropolitan Phoenix area.

The Center administers the Productivity and Prosperity Project: An Analysis of Economic Competitiveness (P3), and the Office of the University Economist. These ongoing initiatives began in 2005 and are sponsored by ASU President Dr. Michael M. Crow.

It also conducts research projects under sponsorship of private businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities, and other ASU units.

Formerly known as the Center for Business Research, the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, along with the Economic Outlook Center, was created in 1986 from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, which dates back to the 1950s.

Recent examples of work published by the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research include:

A Fiscal Comparison of Arizona and Utah, December 2016
This is the third paper comparing Arizona and Utah, focusing on the public finance systems of the two states. Utah’s system is considered to be one of the best in the nation.

The Performance of the Economies of the Western States and Large Western Metropolitan Areas, November 2016
This paper is an extension of the October 2016 report on the performance of the Arizona economy (see below). It compares the performance of 10 western states and of the 17 metro areas within these states that have a population of at least 1 million (including Phoenix and Tucson).

The Performance of the Arizona Economy, Particularly During the Current Cycle, October 2016
Examines economic performance in Arizona and in subregions of the state in three categories: aggregate growth, prosperity, and productivity. The current economic cycle is compared to prior cycles. Also looks at the level of productivity and prosperity.

The Economic Base of Arizona, Metropolitan Phoenix, Metropolitan Tucson, and the Balance of the State: Updated With 2014 Data, July 2016
The economic base in 2014 and the change in the base between 2004 and 2014 are examined. For the first time, the base is defined by economic clusters.

The Educational Attainment of the Workforce, March 2016
Compares the educational attainment of the workforce in Arizona to the nation and to other states. Discusses educational attainment goals set by various organizations around the country.

An Economic Comparison of Arizona and Nevada, With an Emphasis on Education, February 2016
Compares Arizona and Nevada on various aspects of the economy, including economic development and economic performance. Analyzes educational achievement and attainment and examines education funding in the two states.


Additional insights and research findings are available from the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research website.