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Friday, August 8, 2014
UHERO: Stall in Tourism Slows Hawaii Economy
By UHERO @ 3:32 PM :: 4715 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...and no other sector has yet emerged to provide offsetting stimulus....

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Friday, August 8, 2014
Iniki: Years later Kauai Population, Workforce Still Suffered
By UHERO @ 1:11 AM :: 5570 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii Statistics

...Kauai’s economy only returned to pre-Iniki levels 7-8 years after the storm....

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Friday, June 6, 2014
UHERO: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Watershed Management
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 3660 Views :: Environment

The removal of and protection against “bad” and "ugly" natural capital such as invasive plants and feral animals....

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Friday, June 6, 2014
Revolution of ‘54? Inequality Increases Since Statehood
By UHERO @ 4:14 PM :: 5734 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...the share of income going to the “Dominant Class” increases while the share going to the “Lower Class” decreases steadily from the mid 1950s up to the present....

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
UHERO: Tourism Weakness Continues
By UHERO @ 4:56 AM :: 4959 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Last year’s tourism weakness continued in the first quarter of this year, and incremental gains for 2014 will be slight....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
UHERO: Natural Gas is Cheaper and Cleaner
By UHERO @ 4:51 AM :: 3779 Views :: Energy

...HECO released an RFP in March for 800,000 tons of containerized LNG per year over 15 years, beginning in 2016 or 2017....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
UHERO: Managing a Grid with Green Energy
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 5284 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...a windfall gain for the typically wealthy households able to take advantage of the situation....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Cost Implications of GHG Regulation in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 8:58 PM :: 4293 Views :: Energy, Environment

...this finding would not hold if fuel prices were substantively lower than current levels, either from falling prices or fuel-switching to lower cost products....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
UHERO: The Costs and Benefits of installing PV solar
By UHERO @ 3:52 AM :: 3620 Views :: Ethics

This calculator should help you to decide how large of a system to install and maybe help you comparison shop across solar providers....

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
UHERO: Why are Hawai’i’s Electricity Prices So High?
By UHERO @ 4:49 PM :: 5731 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...well over two thirds of the state’s generated electricity is used by commercial businesses and industry, which factor into the prices we pay for everything else....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
UHERO Looks at Lanai, Molokai Windfarm Proposals
By UHERO @ 10:05 PM :: 3514 Views :: Energy

...its net positive macroeconomic impacts are small....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Hotels and Condos Drive Construction Upturn
By UHERO @ 8:36 PM :: 3824 Views :: Economy

New condo towers in Kakaako are spurring double-digit growth in permits for residential construction. A sharp rise in commercial construction, much of it in resort areas, is on the horizon....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
UHERO: Impact of Federal PURPA Subsidies on Hawaii Alternative Energy market
By UHERO @ 6:38 AM :: 5140 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

In this policy brief, we identify the existing PURPA-based contracts in Hawai'i ....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
UHERO: Is Monopoly a Barrier to Hawai’i’s Ascent?
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 4910 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

In 2012 Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist and Columbia University Business School Professor visited Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 6206 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
UHERO: 2013 Hawaii Growth 'Disappointing', 2014 'Marked Down'
By UHERO @ 1:10 PM :: 4960 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Our projections for 2014 growth have been marked down....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2196: Barrel Tax Snatches $80M out of Consumers Pockets
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 5067 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...its major impact has been as a funding source for energy and food security initiatives....

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Is inequality actually lower in Honolulu?
By UHERO @ 8:39 PM :: 3879 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

On the 50th anniversary of the ‘War on Poverty’, poverty and income inequality are major policy issues ....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
In Search of the Glass Ceiling: Deciphering Data on Gender and Wages
By UHERO @ 8:03 PM :: 4241 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the bottom line is that things might not be what they seem....

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Monday, February 3, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii's minimum wage, poverty, and job creation
By UHERO @ 7:48 PM :: 6227 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Ten different bills have been introduced  at the legislature this session to raise Hawaii's minimum wage....
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii Health Insurance Premiums, Oligopolies, and the Affordable Care Act
By UHERO @ 9:05 PM :: 4808 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“Where do Hawaii plans/premiums stand relative to other states?”
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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 6266 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

...impacts on gross state product are estimated to be negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Friday, December 6, 2013
UHERO Asia-Pacific Forecast: Pacific Rim Will Edge Forward After Weak 2013
By UHERO @ 1:48 PM :: 2271 Views

The developed world has continued to perform below potential this year .... 

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: The Confusing World of PV
By UHERO @ 4:09 PM :: 5002 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

This UHERO 101 intends to clarify some of the rate and policy aspects of PV in Hawai‘i, and explores the two opposite driving forces of PV adoption....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: Water Trading to Control Hawaii Aquifers?
By UHERO @ 4:03 PM :: 4622 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

While an untrammeled water market would fail to provide the optimal solution, regulators can facilitate efficient water trading by setting appropriate exchange rates....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Catch Shares and Implications for Hawaii Fishing Industry
By UHERO @ 8:43 PM :: 3953 Views :: Environment

A controversial new method to manage fisheries is to assign “catch shares”....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
UHERO: Solar Tax Credits Boost Profitability of Investment for Rich
By UHERO @ 1:44 PM :: 4779 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the vast majority of installations are demanded by households with the median income and higher....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 5963 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
UHERO: Shutdown did not Stop Hawaii Growth
By UHERO @ 3:51 PM :: 5078 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Growth is holding up in Hawaii, driven by still-strong tourism and rising construction....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Now and Later: The Impact of the Government Shutdown
By UHERO @ 2:24 AM :: 6279 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics, Military

There are about 34,000 civilian federal jobs in Hawaii, a fraction of which were deemed essential....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The UHERO Dashboard Project Jobs Explorer: Occupations in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:31 AM :: 5100 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The Hawaii Jobs Explorer, the first interactive tool to be released as a part of the ongoing UHERO Dashboard Project, is now available for public use....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
UHERO: Furlough Fridays = Less Juvenile Crime
By UHERO @ 3:12 PM :: 5347 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

The authors attribute the reduction in crime to two factors. The first is a lack of "concentration" allowing for less opportunity to engage in criminal activity, and the second is possibly increased monitoring by parents....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
E-RAT-icate: Cost-effectiveness of Eradication vs. Control
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 4334 Views :: Environment

Ecological non-use benefits and the costs of eradication and control programs are often difficult to quantify....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
UHERO: Hawaii's Energy Future
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 4650 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

UHERO's ongoing research is looking at ways to cost-effectively achieve GHG reduction and meet the state's clean energy goals....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: School Furloughs = Less Crime
By UHERO @ 12:33 PM :: 5500 Views :: Education K-12
...time off from school is associated with significantly fewer juvenile assault and drug-related arrests....
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 5830 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
UHERO: Are All Tax Credits Created Equal?
By UHERO @ 6:06 AM :: 3498 Views :: Tax Credits
Recently, the Rhode Island legislature adopted a law requiring that state tax credits undergo a process of regular and rigorous evaluations....
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Friday, August 9, 2013
Sequestration Cost Hawaii $684M
By UHERO @ 7:29 PM :: 5157 Views :: Economy
federal tax increases and the spending sequester have weighed on growth in the year’s first half....
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
UHERO: Coastal Zone Management in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 5:01 PM :: 5192 Views :: Environment, Development

Hawaii has 750 linear miles of coastline....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
UHERO: School's Out, Unemployment Up?
By UHERO @ 4:51 PM :: 5093 Views :: Economy, Labor
Last week's Star Advertiser reported that Honolulu’s unemployment rate increased from May’s 4.0% to 4.7% in June....
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Friday, July 26, 2013
$217M: Fake Bribe Offered to Hawaii for Fake ‘Marriage’
By UHERO @ 3:16 PM :: 6309 Views :: Family

The same author in 2011 made the same type of claims in the run-up to Civil Unions....

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Friday, July 5, 2013
An Insight on the Cost of Paradise
By UHERO @ 1:57 PM :: 58853 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
While the US average for April 2013 hovered at 12 cents/kwh, Hawai‘i paid 37 cents/kwh for electricity....
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Hawaii Electric Vehicle Fuel Cost Nearly the Same as Gasoline
By UHERO @ 4:08 AM :: 4164 Views :: Energy

both of the objectives mentioned by the US Energy Secretary are harder to achieve in Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
UHERO: Is Hawaii Losing Its Middle Class?
By UHERO @ 4:04 AM :: 5183 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

rising food and housing costs, a challenged public school system and few professional opportunities in a tourist-driven economy....

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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tourism: Record Visitors, Flat Spending Since 1989
By UHERO @ 6:31 PM :: 4987 Views :: Tourism
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Can the Median Household afford the Median Home on Oahu?
By UHERO @ 3:47 AM :: 4060 Views :: Cost of Living
Do families have enough for the down payment, and will the median household income qualify for a loan? How will a monthly mortgage payment compare to the rent you are currently paying?
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Study: Most of Hawaii's commercial seafood is imported
By UHERO @ 3:29 AM :: 5455 Views :: Environment, Agriculture
Hawaii sits in the middle of the largest ocean on earth. So the majority of the seafood consumed on these islands must then come from local waters, right?
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Snakes in the Budget: Bite Estimated at $300M
By UHERO @ 3:06 AM :: 4370 Views :: Environment
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Monday, June 17, 2013
UHERO: Hawaii Costs 16% More than US Average
By UHERO @ 5:11 PM :: 3978 Views :: Hawaii Statistics
Regional Price Parities (RPPs) measure differences in the price levels of goods and services across states....
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Hawaii Unemployment Figures Skewed by Large Number of Part-Time Jobs
By UHERO @ 5:12 PM :: 3865 Views :: Economy
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