The Clemson University Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (CU-REAL) performs public policy, economic and fiscal analysis for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients.
CU-REAL uses the Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) PI+ model as our primary tool for economic impact analysis. This model allows us to perform analysis at the county, multi-county, state, or multi-state level. It also allows us to perform multi-year analyses to estimate both historic and projected future impacts. REMI output can be used with our own Fiscal Impact Analysis Tool to project impacts to state and local government revenue and expenditure streams. The Fiscal Impact Analysis Tool is built on U.S. Census of Governments data and is fully customizable.
CU-REAL also uses the IMPLAN modeling engine for projects not requiring a fiscal impact assessment or the level of specificity of the REMI platform.
CU-REAL staff research interests also include state and local government finance, tax policy and sustainable economic development.
Examples of our work can be found on the Policy Research page.