2013 Regional Competitiveness Research Grants Awarded!

The Collaborative is pleased to announce that we have awarded funding to two research team of scholars from our Regional Competitiveness Resource Network.

Each cross-institutional team will complete a research project that analyzes economic policy to better understand Rhode Island's economy and how the state's economy interacts with other areas and regions.

These teams will work with Footnote to translate their Research Report into accessible, engaging Research Summaries written for a broad audience.

We look forward to sharing their research with you in the spring.

Research Teams and Their Funded Proposals:

Shani D. Carter, Rhode Island College, Professor of Management
Jongsung Kim, Bryant University, Professor of Economics

“Competitiveness in Occupations and the Optimal Tax in Rhode Island”
For this project, Carter and Kim will analyze labor data and local and regional income tax records to help determine if personal income tax rates in Rhode Island help or hinder regional competitiveness in the state in regard to attracting highly-skilled employees.


Dawn King, Brown University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Joseph A. Ilacqua, Bryant University, Professor of Economics

“Analyzing the State of Local Business and Organizational Purchasing in Rhode Island”
This project will provide a snapshot of local purchasing in Rhode Island, including evidence and data, concerning local purchasing trends for large Rhode Island Institutions/Corporations.