CEI Research Reports

The Center employs two primary research methods Strategic Corporate Research and Participatory Research. Through Corporate Research the Center illuminates the practices and impacts of specific companies on industries in communities of concern. Our second research method involves Participatory Research. With this approach, the Center can more directly involve and compensate impacted constituencies in its fact-finding.


Protecting Arizona Military Families from Predatory lending

Military Saves Week ~ March 2, 2017


Wrong Way: Wrecked by Debt ~ Auto Title Lending in Arizona

Auto Title lending in Arizona ~ January 25, 2015


Five Hurricanes and an Oil Spill: Lesson from the Gulf Coast Alternative Staffing Initiative

Five hurricanes and an oil spill: gulf coast alternative staffing initiative ~ 2014 Report


Building Financial Strength in Rural Communities

Financial capabilities workshop pilot evaluation ~ 2014


Controlling the Growth of Payday Lending Through Local Ordinances and Resolutions: A Guide for Advocacy Groups and Government Officials

This is a “how to” Pass a Payday Lending Ordinance Manual originally published in 2007 and updated in 2012 for consumer advocates, community planners and public officials.


Building Financial Strength in Rural Communities

2012 Research undertaken to uncover insights into the financial needs, beliefs and experiences of low-income people living in Southwestern rural communities.


Bridge to Better Money Program

2006-2007 pilot program linking Tucson and South Tucson residents with banks and credit unions in their communities. Providing support to pilot program participants so they could avoid high-cost financial services and products.


Understanding the Use of Financial Services by Residents of South and West sides of Tucson, AZ

Understanding the use of financial services by residents of South and West sides of Tucson, AZ ~ March 2007


Brokered Day Labor in Las Vegas, Nevada

Brokered day labor in Las Vegas, Nevada ~ October 2006


Brokered & Street Corner Day Labor in New Mexico

Brokered and street corner day labor in New Mexico ~ April 2004


Payday Lending in Pima County, AZ

Payday lending in Tucson and Pima County, AZ ~ December 2003