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The IBR is a publication of the Indiana Business Research Center at IU's Kelley School of Business

Spring 2003

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The State of Steel
By Donald A. Coffin

Analyzing the Price of Hot-Rolled Sheet Steel
A Sidebar to "The State of Steel"

Hoosiers Prefer Potholes to Taxes
By James C. Smith

New Census Data Show Continued Suburban Growth
By John R. Besl

For the Record

President Bush signed off on a tariff for imported steel and Indiana lawmakers recently passed a bill providing a special tax break for northwest Indiana's steel mills. These protective acts by federal and state government are clear indications of the importance of the high-paying jobs in the steel industry, even while the number of those jobs is shrinking. In his article, The State of Steel, Professor Don Coffin of Indiana University Northwest documents the evolution of the steel industry in this country from the latter decades of the previous century through today. His analysis focuses on competition and concentration in the steel industry. The lessons of the nation can surely be applied to those in Indiana, which will be the focus of a future article by Coffin.

Taxes and what they pay for are discussed by economist and Kelley School of Business senior lecturer Jim Smith, while IBRC demographer John Besl provides highlights of the latest Indiana county population estimates. As always, the Indiana Business Review can also be read online at www.ibrc.indiana.edu/ibr. —COR