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The Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business provides excellence in applied economic and business research to federal, state, and local government, as well as to businesses currently operating or those that desire to operate in the state of Arkansas. The Center further works to improve the economic opportunities of all Arkansans by conducting policy research in the public interest.

The Center was originally established as the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in 1943 to explore and report on economic, business, and social conditions in Arkansas. In addition to supporting research within the College, the Center supports economic development by providing economic and demographic data and analysis to business, government, and individuals.

Over the years, the Center has grown to become a well-known point for communications and exchange of ideas, research, publications and data for universities, businesses, government, and individuals. In addition, the Center serves as a focal point in providing assistance to faculty and students in experimentation with their ideas and techniques in both theoretical and applied research.

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Upcoming Events

  • Experts Set to Discuss Economic Outlook at 21st Business Forecast Luncheon
  • Arkansas Business:  Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas
  • Arkansas Business:  UA, UALR Forecasters See More Improvement in Arkansas' Economy in 2015
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Minimum Wage Hike Nears [subscription required]
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  State rate decreases for jobless [subscription required]

  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Gasoline Prices In Northwest Arkansas Fall Below $2, Spurring Buys  [subscription required]
  • KWSO-Lawton, OK:  More Oklahomans plan to increase savings rate

  • The City Wire:  Arvest survey: Arkansans ‘cautious’ about adding new debt

  • The City Wire:  NWA home sales market likely to finish 2014 on a high note

  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Arkansans anticipate static fortunes in ’15 [subscription required]
  • Springfield News Leader:  Arvest-backed survey: Optimism grows in Missouri
  • The City Wire: Deck: ‘Significant improvement’ possible for Fort Smith area economy 
  • Times Record:  Economists Predict Steady Growth Next Year
  • Arkansas Business:  Arkansans more pessimistic about finances, feel better about major household purchases
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal:  Arkansans optimistic about future economic conditions
  • The City Wire:  Arkansas home sales up in October, on pace to beat 2013 numbers
  • The City Wire:  NWA construction sector keeps steady pace, permits up 48.5% in October  
  • The City Wire: Consumer confidence up in Arkansas, trails rest of the U.S.
  • Southeast Missourian:  Business Notebook:  Consumer survey shows growing confidence  
  • Arkansas Money and Politics:  For your consideration:  More growth, and more room to grow 
  • Video: Report touts robust NWA Arkansas regional job growth
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    • Center for Business and Economic Research
      Willard J. Walker Hall 538
      Fayetteville, AR 72701
      (479) 575-4151  p
      (479) 575-7687  f