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Southwest Economy, Second Quarter 2021

Texas Winter Deep Freeze Broke Refining, Petrochemical Supply Chains

Jesse Thompson

It may take the Texas petrochemical industry until year-end 2021 to fully recover from the record cold that triggered power outages and supply disruptions in mid-February.

June 18, 2021

Southwest Economy, Second Quarter 2021

Banks Face New Challenges as Texas Rebounds from COVID-19 Shock

Amy Chapel, Kory Killgo and Kelly Klemme

The banking industry faced significant challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with profitability declining to levels not seen since the 2008–09 financial crisis.

June 18, 2021

Southwest Economy, First Quarter 2021

COVID-19 Poses Stubborn Challenge to Economic Growth in Mexico

Jesus Cañas and Chloe Smith

Mexico, confronting a high rate of COVID-19 infection and an ineffectual medical response, recorded the largest decline in gross domestic product in a quarter century last year.

April 09, 2021

Southwest Economy, Second Quarter 2020

Small Business Hardships Highlight Relationship with Lenders in COVID-19 Era

Wenhua Di, Nathaniel Pattison and Chloe Smith

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted normal small business operations and will likely limit the ability of many enterprises to stay financially afloat.

June 23, 2020

Labor Economy at Greater Risk in Texas than U.S. During COVID-19 Crisis

Anil Kumar

The coronavirus crisis could more adversely affect the Texas economy than the U.S. economy due to the state’s relatively large share of at-risk jobs, a review of data suggests.

May 12, 2020

Southwest Economy, First Quarter 2020

Mexico’s Higher Costs Under USMCA May Potentially Offset Gains from China-Related Trade Spurt with U.S.

Daniel Chiquiar, Jesus Cañas, Armando Aguirre and Alfonso Cebreros

Approval of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) could change trade within the North American region, affecting output and weakening North America’s global competitiveness.

April 06, 2020

Southwest Economy, Fourth Quarter 2019

Gentrification Transforming Neighborhoods in Big Texas Cities

Yichen Su

An influx of new, affluent residents has descended on gentrifying neighborhoods around Texas’ four largest cities, while increasing housing costs have led some low-income households and at-risk populations to locate in more suburban areas.

December 30, 2019

Globally Competitive Texas Exports Sensitive to U.S. Trade Policy

Jesus Cañas and Stephanie Gullo

Texas, the nation’s largest exporting state, enjoys a strong position in world trade. The state continues to see exports climb, and it exhibits a manufacturing edge in energy-related products and intermediate goods based on an index of comparative advantage.

April 11, 2019

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