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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.
  • Arkansas Business  Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in
  • The City Wire:  Northwest Arkansas 26th fastest growing metro area, Fort Smith GDP up 1.8%
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Development in NW Arkansas resurgent, real estate data signal [subscription required]    
  • Hope Star Editor:  Liquor backers want standard law 
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  NEWS IN BRIEF [subscription required]
  • The City Wire:  Low Fort Smith metro 'smart borrowing’ score does not tell the complete story
  • Arkansas Business:  Arvest Skyline Report: NWA Commercial Vacancy Rates Down, Multifamily
  • Talk Business:  Arkansans plan to save more, spend less with conservative outlook
  •  Apartment work continues
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  More damp than wet; Benton County liquor sales rise   [subscription required]
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette:  Consumer mood hits updraft in August  [subscription required]
  • Northwest Arkansas Times:  Apartment Work Continues    [subscription required]
  • 2013 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report
  • 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
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