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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

    • Kathy Deck to Discuss State, Northwest Arkansas Economic Trends, Issues
      Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will present her regular Quarterly Business Analysis along with the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report at a luncheon event 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Holiday Inn, 1500 S. 48th St., Springdale.
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Northwest Arkansas Council hosts state of the region report
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal:  Residential housing market continues steady growth
  • Log Cabin Democrat Gazette:  Alcohol ballot initiative faces court challenge
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Service jobs make comeback [subscription required] 
  • The City Wire:  Northwest Arkansas leaders ready to embark on new plan for growth
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  State bright spot sunshine and clouds
  • Report: Northwest Arkansas job growth ahead of peers
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  State bright spot  [subscription required]    
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  NW-area report rosy, but ’14 job data a blip   [subscription required]   
  • Arkansas Business:  Report: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Ahead of Peers
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Unemployment rate drops below 5 percent [subscription required]       
  • 2013 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report
  • Video: Report touts robust NWA Arkansas regional job growth
  • Other News Links
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  • Business Forecast 2013 video
  • Business Forecast 2012 video
  • Business Forecast 2011 video


    • Center for Business and Economic Research
      Willard J. Walker Hall 538
      Fayetteville, AR 72701
      (479) 575-4151  p
      (479) 575-7687  f