Analytical Tools for Local Economic Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0056
Agency Tracking Number: O102-HS7-4302
Amount: $99,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-HS7
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI, -
DUNS: 152357393
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hunter Downs
 Chief Science Officer
 (808) 585-7439
Business Contact
 Traci Downs
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (808) 382-0314
Research Institution
Measuring economic progress in conflict and post-conflict regions is notoriously difficult. Yet, these measurements are critical for Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction (SSTR), which in turn is crucial for counter-insurgency. A myriad of problems plague the measurement of economic activity in such regions (e.g., corruption, lack of data, uncooperative governments, and safety issues). Since, conflict and post-conflict regions provide few reliable indicators of economic activity it is often unclear whether the flow of foreign aid money is truly being funneled effectively for SSTR purposes. This proposal presents a two-pronged solution to index and understand economic activity in conflict and post-conflict regions. Development of a composite indexing system for economic activity will be based on both feasible economic indicators, and on a tested methodology to measure human behavior. These composite measures allow us to develop dynamic and stable indices using tools such as factor analyses and system dynamics. These tools will be integrated into a software and data collection device that simplifies economic indexing in the field and has the potential to gauge both formal and informal (black) markets in conflict and post-conflict regions.

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