The StateMaster web site provides numerous statistics on demographics, crime, and the economy. It is a valuable resource for comparing the conditions and performance of the 50 states. The Bureau of Economic Analysis is an agency of the US Federal Government offering analysis and downloadable data, including GDP data by state with components.
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University provides free market research and analysis. The principal research of interest to policy makers is Freedom in the 50 States. This site includes tables of data ranking states on numerous data points. The data are downloadable, making custom queries and analysis available to researchers.
The American Legislative Exchange Council provides conservative legislators with plenty of analysis regarding economic policy for state legislatures. ALEC publications of particular interest to economic analysis include: Jobs, Innovation and Opportunity in the States Rich States, Poor States New Hampshire Economic Competitiveness Evaluation Other documents on the ALEC site are of value for supporting economic …∞
Niall Ferguson recently described how America’s entrepreneurial spirit is waning. His WSJ article described the rate at which American freedom and property rights are declining. His experience in starting a variety of small businesses lead him to conclude that the process of starting an enterprise today is actually easier in the UK than in the …∞