ItemElusive Recovery: South Georgia Coast Counties since the Great Recession(2016-04-15) Mathews, Don; Director of the Reg Murphy Center and Professor of Economics at CCGAThis April 2016 study complements the February 2016 study and compares real personal income per capita in the six South Georgia Coast counties – Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, McIntosh, and Wayne – to that of the U.S., Georgia, and Georgia’s other 153 counties in three different time periods since 2000. Special attention is paid to Glynn County, the largest of the six South Georgia Coast counties. ItemDoes Immigration Harm Native-Born Workers? A Citizen’s Guide(2016-04-17) Mathews, Don; Director of the Reg Murphy Center and Professor of Economics at CCGAThe Reg Murphy Center usually confines its research to economic conditions and events on the Southeast Georgia Coast. But in recent months, local residents have persistently peppered us with questions about immigration. Two in particular: Does immigration depress the wages of native-born workers? Does immigration reduce the employment of native-born workers? This report presents and summarizes the extensive research economists have conducted on immigration. ItemDivergent Trends in State-level SNAP Participation: Evidence with Aggregate-level Data(2016-04-02) Rhodes, M. Taylor; Affiliated Full-time Faculty of the Murphy Center and Assistant Professor of Economics at CCGAThis report uses state-level data to analyze trends and determinants of SNAP participation rates from 1989 to 2012. Comparing differences in state-to-national average SNAP participation rates over the business cycle, 20 states were always below the US average with an increasing average differential, while 19 states were always above the US average with an increasing average differential in absolute value. Possible explanatory factors for this divergent pattern are explored, including state-to-national differences in average household median income levels, unemployment rates and monthly SNAP benefits per participant. Lastly, these same factors are examined to determine which affect the probability a state has a SNAP participation rate above the national rate. ItemElusive Recovery: The Brunswick MSA since the Great Recession(2016-02-23) Mathews, Don; Director of the Reg Murphy Center and Professor of Economics at CCGAWhile most MSAs in the U.S. have recovered from the Great Recession, some – including the MSA of Brunswick, Georgia – have continued to struggle. This paper empirically examines Brunswick’s struggle, comparing its economic performance with that of other MSAs since 2009. ItemSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Brantley, Glynn and McIntosh Counties: Analyzing the 2007 Recession using Aggregate-level Data(2015-10-14) Rhodes, M. Taylor; Affiliated Full-time Faculty of the Murphy Center and Assistant Professor of Economics at CCGAUsing publicly available aggregate-level data from 1997 to 2010, this report examines SNAP expenditures and participation rates for the US, the state of Georgia and the three counties within the Brunswick, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)-Brantley, Glynn and McIntosh. The purpose is two-fold: to investigate the impact of the 2007 recession on SNAP participation and to analyze longer-termed trends in SNAP participation with an emphasis on notable cross-regional comparisons.