- President's Perspective
Robert S. Kaplan
- Position as Top Exporting State Exposes Texas to Shifting Trade Policy
Jesus Cañas and Stephanie Gullo
Texas enjoys a strong position in world trade, benefiting from its comparative advantage in energy-related manufacturing and intermediate goods exports. As the nation’s No. 1 exporting state, Texas faces challenges from shifting trade policies, which tend to erode the cost advantages that benefit the state’s leading sectors globally.
- On the Record: A Conversation with Tom Luce
Civic Leader Seeks to Bolster Texas Attributes by 2036 Bicentennial
Tom Luce, a Dallas attorney, has been involved in a variety of state, federal and civic projects. He played a key role in Texas education reform in the 1980s and served as an undersecretary for education during the George W. Bush administration. He is currently leading Texas 2036, which aims to create a policy roadmap for Texas as it heads toward its bicentennial.
- Lower Oil Prices, Tight Labor Markets to Restrain Texas Growth in 2019
Keith R. Phillips and Judy Teng
Texas’ economy should expand in 2019, though at a slower rate than in the prior year. A decline in oil prices in late 2018, tight labor markets and the possibility of restrictive U.S. trade and tariff policies weigh on the outlook for the state.
- Spotlight: Abundant Sunshine Not Enough to Power Texas Residential Solar Energy
Benjamin Meier and Jesse Thompson
The Texas electricity market doesn’t shine in residential solar energy despite plentiful sunlight. While Texas is No. 1 in wind power, its residential solar capacity per capita was less than one-third that of the U.S. average in 2017.
- Go Figure: Shale Revolution Boosts Texas Refiners’ Competitiveness
Design: Emily Rogers; Content: Jesse Thompson
- Snapshot: Economy Booms in Midland–Odessa
The Permian Basin economy, at the heart of U.S. oil production, has boomed as oil output expanded.