Any unsolicited advertising sent to potential customers through the mail is called “direct mail”. Illinois is home to 109 direct mail enterprises; the state is fifth largest in market concentration of direct mail businesses. In economics, advertising is considered a social waste. This paper is an empirical assessment of the contribution of direct mail to the GRP of rural Illinois. Results suggest that the share of direct mail in the GRP of rural Illinois is $1.549billion; 2% of rural Illinois’ GRP.
This paper addresses the question whether the introduction of the indoor mask mandate in Illinois stimulate or increase telemarketing activities in the state; data from the Federal Trade Commission were used to gain insights.
This paper analyzed Tweets that were provided as responses to Governor Pritzker’s indoor mask mandate that came into effect on August 30, 2021. Illinoisans responded to the mandate the most, 67%. The low vaccination rates for rural counties and the reluctance of rural businesses to enforce the mandate were the Tweets associated with the “rural” adjective. Overall, the energy level of the responses was low and emojis contained either a face with a mask symbol or a warning sign.
This research shows that women-owned businesses were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic severely; during April, 2020, the number of women-owned businesses were 50% less than what it was during April, 2019. Businesses functioning in the wholesale and retail sectors were most affected – 83% shuttered their doors permanently during the peak of the pandemic. On a positive note, lot more female-owned businesses in the education and health services sectors have since appeared: as at end April, 2021, 25,362 new women-owned businesses have appeared in Illinois.
This paper highlights the use of natural language processing algorithms to mine popular press articles about CED; specifically, it highlights a methodology to extract CED problems, topics for research.
This paper is about people living geographically side by side, yet socially and politically dwelling in different spheres. This paper has highlighted some ideas and practices of the four prominent ethnic groups in the nation: White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian.
This paper explores deep-tech inventions in Illinois using the USPTO data on patents. Download Appendix I here.
This paper addresses the question, “what are the emerging areas of research in community economic development (CED)”. Using dispersion-analysis of journal publications in the field, the difficulty of repeat-publications in CED is explored. Next, using natural-language processing algorithms, key concepts in CED are “mapped” to identify research opportunities. The results of this research should be of interest to CED stakeholders wanting to advance or promote research in the study area.
This paper estimates marijuana tax revenues at the county level. Counties were allowed to collect taxes on recreational marijuana sales starting July 2020. In nonmetro, the median tax receipts for recreational marijuana is slightly more than $34,000, three times more than the average medical marijuana taxes. Gallatin County benefitted the least from marijuana tax revenues, taxes averaged less than $1,000 per month.
What are the drivers of demand for Cannabis products in Illinois? Does marijuana use differ between metro and nonmetro regions? What are the characteristics of marijuana users? This paper addresses these and other related questions.
This research explores minority economic development in Illinois, using self-employment numbers for the minorities during the Covid-19 pandemic. During all four phases of Covid-19 mitigation, African-American self-employment took the turn for the worse, the monthly growth in self-employment numbers during January 2020 to February 2021 was a dismal -7%. Overall, Hispanics have fared well, the growth in self-employment for Hispanics during the pandemic was 11%. Insights into demographics of the typical minority self-employed are provided.
This paper explores the verbal behaviors of Illinois lawmakers using their Tweets as the unit of analysis. Empirical analysis suggests that reinforcement history within the two major political parties has resulted in production of verbal units such as “family” by Democrats and “great” by Republicans.
This paper explores the environmental correlates of telemedicine. Empirical analysis of telemedicine use in Illinois counties reveals that the service is patronized in large numbers by collectivists, people who value collective responsibility over individual rights.
Did Covid-19 shutter proportionally more small businesses (including manufacturing businesses) in the metro or the nonmetro? How do rural manufacturers in Illinois adapt to and cope with the threats of Covid-19? Is variability in adapting to Covid-19 workplace health and safety measures correlated with the characteristics of the business and the sociodemographic of the business location? This paper addresses these and other similar questions using a combination of primary and secondary data.
This paper constructs a theoretical framework that aids in evaluating people’s subjective utility of telemedicine, empirically tests the factors related to utility assessment, and employs relevant factors to compute the economic value of telemedicine for Illinois. The ‘value’ analysis, performed at the county level, is based on a combination of secondary analysis of survey data from MCBS, and CMS’ Carrier file data. Results of data analysis suggest that from 2019 to 2020, telemedicine generated $1bil in healthcare savings for IL. The paper provides an interactive computer application to visualize value metrics for the counties.
Download…Interactive application for telemedicine. Please unzip and execute the file “TelMed.Exe”; programmed to run on Windows operating systems.
This paper empirically explores the assertion that stronger is a patient’s belief about the threats of Covid-19, the higher is the probability of her use of telemedicine.
This paper set out to address two questions about telemedicine: (i) to what extent did awareness about telemedicine change during the Covid-19 pandemic and (ii) is awareness related to the demographics of the population. Data from the MCBS were used to address the questions.