The Department of Economics houses the Economics & Policy Research Group (EPRG), which conducts applied research, including economic impact studies, program evaluations, and economic forecasting. EPRG research sponsors include state and federal government as well as non-governmental organizations and industry associations.
The department also produces the annual Louisiana Economic Outlook (LEO), which provides employment forecasts for Louisiana and the state’s eight metropolitan statistical areas. The LEO is published annually and released each fall in September or October. Following the publication of LEO, results are presented throughout the state to provide business leaders with a timely economic outlook for their region. The LEO offers Louisiana’s business leaders the most in-depth assessment available of Louisiana’s economy and the outlook for the coming year.