1. Consulting by phone, in increments of as little as a half-hour. Usually we do not expect to have to prepare extensively for such calls. If significant preparation is required, this is billed separately by prior arrangement.
2. Speeches and Workshops. In these cases, the specialized nature of the audience and the subject matter requires preparation, which is built into the fee. Clients include universities with outreach/extension programs, foreign governments seeking to educate their staffs on current issues, businesses seeking to build their clienteles and associations looking for regular speakers.
3. Reports and Publications. CityEconomist prepares reports on demand and has a publishing arm to make books available to the public.
4. Webinars, Videos/DVDs, Conference Calls. CityEconomist has teamed up with webinar experts to develop a series of offerings to specialized audienvces.
Questions we have addressed:
1. The U.S. and regional (NYC) economy.
2. Comparisons of economic opportunity and stresses among large cities. - Economic Opportunity. Created predictive index for U.S. cities. - Housing Stress. What are the signs, causes and contraindications of a housing bubble in the United States and New York City (paper for Eastern Economic Association, 2006)? - Property Taxes. Property-tax reforms needed in New York (paper for Eastern Economic Association, 2007)?
3. Economic/budget impact studies - Economic Impact on NYC of events, such as Impact of 9/11 on the NYC Economy. , - Economic impact of industries, such as sports, tech/IT, entertainment, finance. - Economic and budgetary impact of changes in public policy, such as privatization or program changes. - Strategies for government and nonprofit agency staff facing budget cuts.
4. Comparisons of agency performance across cities and counties (among large world cities, within USA and within NY State): - Air quality, - Budgets, - Child health, - Criminal justice, - Economic development, - Housing, - Health care, - Recreation, - Transportation. CityEconomist's Objective CityEconomist puts together the stories of cities and brands and connects them to the numbers. Stakeholders don’t get what they expect, only what they inspect, which means tying the stories to the data. - CityEconomist reports on comparative and time-series data to help managers anticipate the future and make better decisions, interpreting the numbers and spelling out their policy significance. - CityEconomist reviews the record to find out what works, then spells out the implications. Institutions need data to motivate action, but faulty signposts may start a journey of a thousand miles in the wrong direction. Example: When economic multipliers for city infrastructure are not estimated correctly, the scale of subsidized structures such as stadiums may turn out to be wrong, or they may be in the wrong place.