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Analysis & Insights that Drive Growth

Supporting the long-term growth and prosperity of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains through applied economic and business research. We provide communities, businesses, entrepreneurs, and decision makers in all fields with insights based on best-available data and strong analytics to inform their strategic decision making.
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Dakota Outlook

April 16, 2024

2024 Q1 Dakota Outlook

South Dakota is off to a great start in 2024. Employment growth is strong, incomes are rising, and the state’s strong economy is attracting new workers and residents from across the country. With everything going well, we thought now was the perfect time to innovate and find ways to improve…

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  • Dakota Outlook

    Quarterly outlook offers decision makers in-depth analysis and forecasts for the South Dakota and regional economy from top economists, professors and business leaders across the state.

  • Economic Impact

    Economic impact studies help businesses, nonprofits, policy makers and funders understand how their project or operations impact the goods or services produced, jobs and taxes in their region.

  • Economic Forecasting

    Dakota Institute provides business leaders and decision makers with valuable and credible insights into key industry trends and forecasts that they can use to drive business growth.

  • Housing Studies

    We help civic leaders and developers better understand their community’s unique housing needs and make the right investments that will help foster growth and housing affordability.

  • Data Analytics

    Dakota Institute can help you better understand market conditions and even your own internal data using both time tested and cutting edge techniques, turning complex data into actionable insights.

  • Public Speaking

    Our experts are leaders in their fields and are available to speak at conferences or corporate events to help leaders and decision makers understand current trends and plan for the future.

Dakota Outlook

A quarterly report that provides research and insight to understand the short- and long-term trends that shape the economy of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains.


November 05, 2022

School is in Session for November

Dr. Joe Santos has released his latest Schooled blog post for November 2022. In this edition Dr. Santos discusses the role and structure of the Federal Reserve system in the…
November 01, 2022

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari to Speak in Brookings

Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari will be speaking in Brookings, SD on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 pm in the SDSU Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. President Kashkari…


June 2, 2023

CO2 Pipelines Would Significantly Impact South Dakota Economy

The South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association worked with the Dakota Institute to analyze the potential economic impacts of two large…
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