Our research focuses on uncovering the institutions and policies that encourage and enhance human well-being. In accordance with our mission, we explore issues relevant to North Dakota and the Upper Great Plains region. By sharing our processes and results with the public, we hope our research will enhance public discourse and knowledge. We have partnered with the Social Science Research Network to showcase and distribute our research. Subscribe to receive email updates for the North Dakota State University Public Choice & Private Enterprise Research Paper Series.
Our research publications cover a variety of topics but generally fall into three categories: quarterly labor reports, policy papers and academic research.
Labor reports are produced each quarter by our research staff to show regional trends in the labor force, employment, wages and other job-related topics. All of these reports are available on our website.
Policy papers analyze the findings of the current economic literature, as well as our own research, to illuminate a specific policy area. When published exclusively by PCPE, these papers are available on our website. When published by a third party, information on how to access a policy paper is clearly provided.
Academic research refers to the research our faculty publish in peer-reviewed journals. Announcements for these publications and information on how to access them is provided on each researcher's webpage (see directory). Working papers are available on SSRN.
In this report, we examine the history of North Dakota’s state finances and explore the policies that led to the current environment. We evaluate the institutional settings and circumstances that caused North Dakota to move from being revered for its financial solvency to enacting massive spending cuts during the 2017 legislative session. We then turn to policy proposals that address state fiscal challenges and put North Dakota on a pathway to prosperity. Read Research Paper / Study.