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The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at The University of Utah develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research that help individuals and the community make informed decisions. Use the tools on this page to filter content by type, author, year, and subject matter. If you are unable to find a particular publication, please contact the Gardner Policy Institute at gardnerinstitute@utah.edu

In our opinion: Utah, America must avoid a demographic winter

Utahns are marrying later, having fewer children than in the past and delaying when they are having their children, according to an analysis by the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The change appears to be driven by economic factors that include income levels, an increase in housing prices, student debt and education and work […]

October 16, 2017
Why are Utah women delaying child birth? Research also reveals Mormon family trends

Her mother and older sister each got married at 20, but Aliska Julian was busy nurturing a love of social justice and travel at that age. At 25, in between trips to Kenya to run the nonprofit she started with her mom, Julian met an entrepreneur named Nate while dancing to ’80s covers at Liquid […]

October 12, 2017
Experts plead with Utah County leaders to plan strategically for immense growth that is coming

“It’s not your grandmother’s county anymore. It’s not your grandfather’s county anymore.” With these words, Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, set the tone for the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce 2017 Executive Summit Monday at Sundance Mountain Resort. “Growth will be your constant companion. You are going to change,” Gochnour […]

October 2, 2017
Which counties rely the most on Utah’s $8.4B tourism industry for jobs?

Daggett and Garfield counties may be on opposite sides of the state, but they have one thing in common — more than half of their jobs (54 percent) are provided by private leisure and hospitality companies. It’s not that much different in Grand, Kane and Summit counties, where upwards of 40 percent of all private-sector […]

September 14, 2017
The monumental battle over the West

BOULDER, Garfield County — If the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are shrunk, Blake Spalding says it will be the hammer likely to nail the doors shut on her nationally recognized restaurant. After all, the Hell’s Backbone Grill is named for the narrow, 9,000-foot elevation spine along the monument’s Aquarius Plateau and in […]

August 27, 2017
Herbert: ‘Time for action, time for doing’ regarding rural job growth

“It’s time for action, time for doing. The time for talking is past,” he said. Herbert then challenged rural leaders to identify their community problems, the hindrances to getting them solved and craft a plan of action and bring it to Salt Lake City for a meeting to hammer out an “all hands on deck” […]

August 3, 2017
Report: Washington County to balloon to more than 500,000 population over next 50 years

The hard-driving forces that have made St. George and the rest of Washington County one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, ballooning the area to more than 500,000 people over the next 50 years, according to new state population projections released this week.

July 18, 2017
Census: Utah’s Asian and Multiracial Populations Increasing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Utah is experiencing a growing wave of diversity and Asian and multiracial population are growing faster than others. The state’s Asian and multiracial populations both grew by 6 percent between 2015 and 2016 — faster than any other racial or ethnic group, […]

June 25, 2017
Tribune Editorial: Get ready for Utah, and America, to become more diverse

The United States is growing more diverse, and forecasts for Utah match changes seen across the country. Minorities now account for 21 percent of Utah’s population, compared with 19 percent in 2010. In short, minority populations are growing faster than white populations, prompting local demographer Pam Perlich to label these differences as “the new Utah.” “Since 2010, Utah’s […]

June 24, 2017
Value of Utah’s exports climbs above $13B, report says

SALT LAKE CITY — New research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute indicates the Utah economy has largely benefited because of globalization. The report also shows that the value of the state’s annual exports have climbed above $13 billion. The study, titled “What has been the impact of globalization on Utah?” was authored by […]

June 9, 2017

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