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Carlos Silva

Carlos Silva

Dr. Carlos G. Silva is a Regional Economist at Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI). Skilled in applied economic research, he is a research professional with a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Utah State University with a specialization in Natural Resource Economics, and a Doctoral degree in Economic Development from New Mexico State University. His research interests are economic development, natural resources, and their interaction.

Special Reports: Impact of Covid-19 on the Arkansas Economy

Arkansas Consumer Spending During the Pandemic
Sales tax data for Arkansas indicate robust consumer spending in the midst of the pandemic. In this article, we break down available data by county and by sector to seek greater insight into the phenomenon.
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Forecast Update (July)
“Incoming data have continued to show a more rapid recovery from the COVID-19 shutdowns than previously expected.”
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Forecast Update (June)
Information since May has suggested that Arkansas has not been as severely impacted as other parts of the country, and that the sharp declines in national employment have abated.
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Forecast Update (May)
“The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be more rapid and more severe than initially expected… In this updated report we present new projections for the Arkansas economy.”
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Forecast Update (April)
“In this note we update that forecast with new estimates of the magnitude of the downturn. We also update and extend our previous guidance on how the forecast is likely to impact sales tax receipts of local governments.”
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Implications for Local Government Sales Tax Collections
“In this note, we focus on consumer spending and the outlook for sales tax collections by county and municipal governments.” Read more…

Arkansas Economic Outlook (March)
“It appears that a dramatic downturn in economic activity over the remainder of 2020 is unavoidable for the nation and for Arkansas.”¬† Read more…


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