Economics & Policy Research Group


Economics & Policy Research Group

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The Economics & Policy Research Group (EPRG) conducts economic research on topics of interest to the citizens of Louisiana. Projects focus on evaluating current issues affecting the lives of Louisianians as well as evaluating policies for Louisiana’s leaders.

EPRG has over a 20-year history of providing research to Louisiana’s local, state, and private sectors to address the needs of the day. EPRG has partnered with scholars from across LSU and other universities within and outside Louisiana on research projects.


Research Areas

Health Economics

Since 2003, EPRG has conducted the Louisiana Health Insurance Survey for the Louisiana Department of Health. This is the largest survey of Louisiana households used to measure the number of uninsured children and adults and assess health-related issues.

Economic Development and Regional Economics

EPRG has worked with Louisiana Economic Development and others to evaluate the economic impact of over 70 major industrial development projects and events. 

Economic Forecasting

EPRG has provided forecasts of Unemployment Claims and Employment to the Louisiana Workforce Commission over its 20-year history and provided numerous specialized studies to LWC and others based on forecasts of employment and related issues.

Environmental Economics & Energy

EPRG has worked closely with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority providing reports on such issues as coastal erosion and GOMESA.




Contact EPRG

Dek Terrell

Executive Director, EPRG

Stephanie Virgets

Research Associate, EPRG


Jacob Thornton

Forecast Analyst, EPRG