MONTANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY

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Volume 54, Number 3, Autumn  2016

From Boom to Bust


The Economic Impact of the Bakken

by

Paul E. Polzin

The American energy boom began with improvements in technology and led to the shale-energy revolution. This article attempts to put events into perspective by looking at the Bakken area on the Montana-North Dakota border over the entire boom and bust cycle.

Traveler Spending


Visitors Are Keeping Dollars Local

by

Norma P. Nickerson, Kara Grau

Visitors with strong geotraveler tendencies tend to spend more nights and more money in Montana than those who did not. Purchasing local products and services is one way this geotraveler attempts to experience our state.


One Beer at a Time


Craft Breweries are contributing in big ways to Montana's economy

by

Nate Hegyi

Craft breweries are bigger than ever and contributing in large ways to Montana?s economy. This sector?s growth has been remarkably steady and shows no signs of slowing down. Since 2010, craft brewing in the state has grown by 87 percent.


Picking the Right College


What can we learn about college quality from the average earnings of its students?

by

Bryce Ward

Deciding where to attend college can be one of life?s pivotal decisions ? one that can largely shape a student?s future. What can we learn about college quality from the average earnings of its students?