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Economic Research

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Volume 8, Number 3
Third Quarter 2006


FEATURES

The Energy Debate: Is Ethanol the Answer?

The Gulf Coast’s Tourism Comeback: Playing for Even Higher Stakes?

Hurricanes Spawn
Insurance Rate Increases

Katrina Update: One Year After

DEPARTMENTS

Fed @ Issue

Grassroots

Q & A

State of the States

Research Notes & News

Southeastern Economic Indicators

Staff

BackGround

 
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The Energy Debate: Is Ethanol the Answer?

As global demand for oil has soared over the past few years, taking prices with it, the search is on for alternatives to petroleum. Some researchers champion ethanol as the fuel source that will reduce U.S. reliance on crude oil.
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The Gulf Coast’s Tourism Comeback: Playing for Even Higher Stakes?

The region’s tourism industry struggled to rebuild after near-total devastation in 2005. Now, tourists are streaming back to the Gulf Coast and into new casinos and refurbished restaurants.



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Hurricanes Spawn Insurance Rate Increases

Hurricane-prone Southeastern states are devising strategies for offering affordable insurance coverage to homeowners and businesses. Record claims stemming from recent disasters and insurers’ increased premiums complicate the task.



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Katrina Update: One Year After

While much work lies ahead, the area devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is experiencing measured progress in cleanup, employment, and rebuilding.