94 years of economic insights for Indiana

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

From the Editor

Executive Editor, Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

More and more people are living into their 80s, but not so many magazines. The IBR is one of a relatively few to be in publication for more than 80 years. When it was first published in 1926, its mission was to cover the economy and population of Indiana and to share those insights free to all Hoosiers. That’s right, it’s been free to anyone wanting to subscribe. But the IBR has been subject to the slings and arrows of economic fortune. This year, we will publish the Indiana Business Review as a web-only publication due to the high cost of printing and the desire for a smaller environmental footprint.

Does this mean less? No, indeed. It means more because we can produce lengthier articles when appropriate and also provide more in the way of resource links and behind-the-scenes information. This issue will be an example of that, with its focus on the “why” behind Indiana’s continuous lagging of the national per capita income and the “where” of auto manufacturing and auto parts employment.

Be sure to subscribe to the IBR via email, RSS feeds or Twitter, so you receive notification of each quarterly issue. We plan to publish at least another 84 years!