The Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston has produced forecasts of the local economy since the mid 1980s. Over the years, these forecasts have expanded into three primary categories: Short-term forecasts (5 years) based upon the IRF HEM's model; Long-term forecasts (20 years) based upon a hybrid of nonlinear trend analysis and econometric urban modeling; and individual county forecasts based upon nonlinear analysis of shift-share trends. Today, all of these forecasts are contained within the IRF's DATABook-Houston, a comprehensive source of both current and forecasted data. An excellent way to access our economic forecasts is by attending the semi-annual symposia in November and May.
On occasion, the IRF produces special forecasts to meet the special needs of both private and public sector organizations. These projects are both defined and priced on an individual negotiated basis. Resource limitations prevent us from meeting everyone's needs. However, when we are not able to squeeze requests for special projects into our schedule, we will do our best to help you find other reliable organizations that can meet your objectives.