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Common Sense Institute (CSI) strives to develop insightful and educational research on the most critical debates facing Oregon. CSI was founded in 2022 and employs rigorous research techniques and dynamic modeling to evaluate the potential impact of issues on the Oregon economy and individual opportunity. CSI provides elected officials, policymakers, and Oregonians with facts and data-driven analysis to help make informed decisions about the biggest issues facing the state. CSI’s research will spark innovative policy solutions and bipartisan, solutions-based discussion about the future of Oregon.

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Inflation in the Pacific Region: May 2024

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June 13, 2024 • 2 min read


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Prices Have Been Relatively Flat in Recent Weeks, but Monetary Policymakers Need More Data to Act

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Oregon Jobs and Labor Force – April 2024 Update

May 17, 2024 • 3 min read


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8 out of 11 major sectors added jobs in April. The two largest nonfarm sectors, trade, transportation and utilities and education and health services, each grew by over 1,000 jobs.

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Oregon Jobs and Labor Force – March 2024 Update

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April 19, 2024 • 3 min read


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Oregon gained 1,400 jobs in March, of which just 400 were in the private sector. Over the last year, the state has lost 1,900 jobs and the private sector has lost 11,500.

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Oregon Government Budget Competitiveness Index

April 2, 2024 • 8 min read


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Oregon ranks middle of the pack at 23rd in the nation regarding its government budget competitiveness.

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Oregon Jobs and Labor Force Update – January 2024

March 11, 2024 • 2 min read


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Oregon’s private sector employment declined by 5,000 jobs in January. It has now fallen by 16,200 since May 202

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Oregon’s 2023 Economic Performance Index

February 21, 2024 • 8 min read


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Oregon ranks 27th among all states in CSI’s inaugural Economic Competitiveness Index. Since 2011, Oregon’s rank fell one spot as declines in net migration and business creation outweighed slight improvements in poverty rates, median household income and GDP per capita.


Prices in the 21st Century – Oregon

February 15, 2024 • 2 min read


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The last 20 years has been marked by the cost of large expenditure items such as university tuition, housing and medical expenses outpacing wages.

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Oregon Jobs and Labor Force Update – November 2023

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December 15, 2023 • 3 min read


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Total employment in Oregon declined by 7,300 jobs in November. This marked the second largest monthly jobs loss following April 2020, and the largest since December 2020.

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Inflation in the Pacific Region – November 2023

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Abnormally high inflation since early 2021 has cost the average Pacific-region family almost $22,000 over its 2020 spending, therefore the region’s current price level is now 16.9% higher than it was at the start of 2021.

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2023 CSI Impact Report

CSI is Having and Impact

December 5, 2023 • < 1 min read


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From affordable housing to education, CSI has played a key role in shaping the public policy debate and driving common sense solutions in the halls of government and among voters.

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