CL4ES

The Colby Laboratory for Economic Studies (CL4ES) is a collaborative research workshop engaging students and professors with stakeholders and policy makers to provide objective analysis, information, and educational outreach on current issues and events.

Agenda for 2023-24 Agenda for 2022-23 Agenda for 2021-22 Agenda for 2020-21 Agenda for 2019-20
Coast-Cow-Consumer Project (C3) in conjunction with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. A continuation of the Coast-Cow-Consumer Project in conjunction with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. This year’s focus for the lab will be on seaweed aquaculture and the coastal communities it might impact Coast-Cow-Consumer Project – Funded by a $10 million grant from the USDA AFRI Sustainable Agriculture Systems Program in conjunction with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Blue Milk supply chain analysis, part of the Accelerating Methane Suppression for Dairy Cows project with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Accelerating Methane Suppression for Dairy Cows: Discovering Potential Methane Mitigation, Animal Health Benefits, Economic Hurdles, and Outreach Opportunities to Improve Adoption of Algae-Feed, in collaboration with a regional group of scientists affiliated with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
C3 Project: the development of a dashboard of socio-economic vulnerability indicators for Maine’s coastal communities. The Dairy Industry and Milk Prices Blue Milk supply chain analysis, part of the Accelerating Methane Suppression for Dairy Cows project with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Update the Statistical Abstract of the Greater Waterville Area Update the Statistical Abstract of the Greater Waterville Area
C3 Project: Construction of a database and educational outreach resource on the seaweed aquaculture permitting process in Maine and Alaska. Rethinking Parole in Maine Economics of Maine’s Recreational Marijuana Industry Maine’s Tree Growth Properties Thinking About Forest Carbon in Maine – a policy brief with accompanying outreach resources for the Natural and Working Lands working group of the Maine Climate Council for incentives to support the forest industry through carbon sequestration programs
C3 Project: A database of physical characteristics of the seacoast dock infrastructure in Maine’s coast communities available for use by aquaculture farmers. A case study program evaluation of federal Medicare payment systems 2021 edition of the Colby Economic Outlook featuring an Artificial Intelligence approach to forecasting. 2020 edition of the Colby Economic Outlook 2019 edition of the Colby Economic Outlook
An assessment of the economic footprint for the China Lake Watershed
(Final Report)
Strategic planning retreat for the board of directors at cARTie, a non-profit mobile art museum co-founded by Clare Murray ’18 Data visualizations and policy brief on how milk prices are determined in Maine and the Northeast US The Opioid Crisis in Maine, a study of Maine’s EMS experience The impact of Maine Governor Janet Mills’ executive order increasing access and availability of Naloxone
2024 Statistical Abstract for the Greater Waterville Area (update) 2023 edition of the Colby Economic Outlook Updated database and econometric study of the residential housing market in Waterville An econometric study of the housing market in Waterville An analysis of the market for single-family homes in Waterville
Economic Impact Analysis of an Increase in the Lobster Minimum Gauge Size on Maine‚Äôs Economy. A program evaluation of Maine’s EMS experience with Naloxone Research and development efforts for an index of social capital The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maine An interactive current Yield Curve app and case study of the Great Recession
        A civic engagement program evaluation project for an oral health program in the local public schools offered by Waterville Pediatrics
        Development of an interactive dashboard of current macroeconomic indicators for the US

CL4ES is sponsored by the economics department at Colby College under the direction of Professor Michael Donihue.