As research director at the IU Kelley School of Business’ Indiana Business Research Center, Timothy Slaper leads a team engaged in industry and workforce analysis, fostering regional economic growth and resiliency, measuring innovation, trade and foreign investment analysis, and measuring educational and training program performance. Slaper is the principal investigator for a U.S. Department of Commerce project on regional economic development. National in scope, the project is building a county-based data set and web tool for economic development practitioners, as well as policymakers and researchers, to assess a region’s innovative capacity, resilience and economic performance. Slaper shares the Indiana Business Research Center director responsibilities with Carol Rogers. All the center’s work that they oversee aims to provide economic development practitioners, as well as the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the data, analytical tools and practical research to help address the challenges of improving economic outcomes in today’s rapidly changing world. Before joining the Indiana Business Research Center, Slaper served as senior economist on the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, researching topics such as the effect of high energy prices on economic output and the effectiveness of investment incentives in encouraging economic growth. He cut his teeth as an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Areas of Expertise
Industry and workforce analysis, economic development, Indiana economy, trade and foreign investment analysis.