Center for Business & Economic Research
Located in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the Center provides 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.
Mervin Jebaraj, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam
M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, will present the Quarterly
Business Analysis on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
The event is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville, 1325 North Palak Drive. Networking and registration will begin at 11:00 am.
"The program will take a look at new economic data for the nation, Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas, the reasons behind the Federal Reserve's change in monetary policy stance, the effect of yield curve inversions and the lingering effects of the tax cuts and trade wars," Jebaraj said. "As the national economic growth reverts to long-term trends, timely economic information is vital to good business and policy decision making."
Registration and networking will begin at at 11:00 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1325 North Palak Drive in Fayetteville. Attendees will be able to network with other Northwest Arkansas community leaders before the program begins at 11:45 a.m. The program lasts for approximately 75 minutes, including time for questions and answers. The cost of the luncheon program is $45. For additional information, visit the Quarterly Business Analysis website. To register using a credit card, please register below. For other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. Preregistration by Friday, May 10, is required. We hope to see you on Thursday, May 16, 2019 for an informative event.
Each year, the Center for Business & Economic Research hosts the Business Forecast
Luncheon, bringing together national and international experts to discuss the economic
outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world. Business Forecast 2019 was a great
success, with over 1200 registered. The program from the speakers is now available!
The 25th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in the World Trade Center District in Rogers. To register, please visit the Business Forecast webpage or follow the registration links below. For questions or other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. We hope to see you on Friday, February 1st for an informative event.
Moderator Steve Gibbs, is senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller at Tyson Foods, Inc. Steve is responsible for leading, coordinating and directing Corporate Finance and Accounting to provide complete, accurate, timely and actionable financial information that contributes to the achievement of business and strategic objectives.
International Forecaster Carolyn Evans, is head economist and senior data scientist at Intel Corporation. Prior to joining Intel, Carolyn held the positions of Associate Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University, Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Senior Staff Economist for International Trade on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Domestic Forecaster Ross DeVol, is a Fellow at the Walton Family Foundation and is currently transitioning to lead the new Core Economic Institute (a think and do tank) improving economic performance in the center of the United States. The Institute will pursue its mission through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented convening and impactful policy recommendations.
Regional Forecaster Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, will provide the usual state and local economic forecast at the luncheon.
Detailed biographies of the speakers are on the Business Forecast page.Please call 479-575-4151 for registration availability
Individual tickets are $85 each with the option to purchase a table of ten for $850.00. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is January 25, 2019. Reservations can be made by registering online or by calling 479-575-4151. For sponsorships opportunities, please call our office or complete the Business Forecast Sponsor Packet. Additional sponsorship information can be found at our Business Forecast Sponsor Page.
State of Northwest Arkansas Region Report Release
and Quarterly Business Analysis
The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, released the eighth annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report.
The 2018 State of the Region Report was released on September 25, during a 90-minute luncheon program at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center at 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Attendees arrived at 11:00 a.m. for networking and registration.
Ross DeVol, a fellow of the Walton Family Foundation focused on research into policies related
to economic vitality of Northwest Arkansas and America's heartland; Nelson Peacock, president and chief executive officer, Northwest Arkansas Council; and economist
Mervin Jebaraj, director of the university's Center for Business and Economic Research presented
economic analysis, data and information. Peacock presented the Greater Northwest Arkansas
Development Strategy, a plan outlining the Northwest Arkansas Council's pursuits over
the next three years. DeVol focused on the importance of education and knowledge in
metropolitan growth, talk about universities that excel in technology transfer, describing
Utah's success, spurred by decisions to expand science and technology investment made
nearly 20 years ago. Jebaraj focused on economic highlights in the State of the Northwest
Arkansas Region Report as well as economic data and statistics from the Center for
Business and Economic Research's Quarterly Business Analysis. The State of the Northwest
Arkansas Region Report is widely viewed as one of the best measures of performances
comparing peer regions such as Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; Provo,
Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.
View 2018 State of the Region Report
Individual tickets are $45 each with the option to purchase a table of eight. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 21. Reservations can be made for the luncheon at http://cber.uark.edu/ or by calling 479-575-4151.
- Results from the 2018-19 Survey of the Labor Market for New PhDs in Economics (January 2018)
- State of the Region Report (October 2017)
- Results from the 2017-18 Survey of the Labor Market for New PhDs in Economics (January 2017)
- Estimating the Demand for and Supply of Early Childhood Education in Northwest Arkansas (September 2016)
- Examining the Status of African Americans and Hispanics in Arkansas (September 2016)
- Economic Impact of the Clean Line in Arkansas (November 2015)
- 2015 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report (October 2015)
- The Economic Impact of the University of Arkansas (February 2015)
- Results from the 2016-17 Survey of the Labor Market for New PhDs in Economics (January 2016)
- 2014 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report (October 2014)
- Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey (June 2014)
- Economic Impact of Legalizing Retail Alcohol Sales in Craighead, Faulkner, and Saline Counties (May 2014)
- Visitor Spending at the 2013 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival (January 2014)
- Economic Impact of University of Arkansas Athletics (October 2012)
- Revisiting the Economic Impact of the Fayetteville Shale (May 2012)
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- As it Happens April 29, 2019: UA Walton College economist Mervin Jebaraj analyzes population shifts in Arkansas from newly released Census data
- Talk Business & Politics: Economist: Data shows NWA accounts for 87% of state population growth this decade
- Russellville Courier: State jobless rate falls to 3.7% in March after gains
- Bradenton Herald: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- NWAOnline: State's jobless rate drops to 3.7%
- ArkansasOnline: State's jobless rate drops to 3.7%
- OzarkRadioNews.com: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains:
- The State: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- USA News: Arkansas Unemployment Falls to 3.7% in March After Job Gains
- The Sacramento Bee: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- APNews: Arkansas Unemployment Falls to 3.7% in March After Job Gains
- 5NewsOnline: Arkansas Unemployment Falls to 3.7% In March After Job Gains
- The Wichata Eagle: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- The Tribune: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- LedgerEnquirer.com: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- Raleigh News & Observer: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains
- The News and Observer: Arkansas unemployment falls to 3.7% in March after job gains :
- Talk Business & Politics: Fort Smith metro population up 0.6% since 2010, Sebastian County up1.6%
- NWADG: Region's growth trend continues
- Talk Business & Politics: Northwest Arkansas population growth softens to 2% in 2018, area dips to 27th fastest growing metro
- NWAOnline: Population of state's NW region increases
- NWAOnline: Northwest Arkansas' economic growth boosts sales tax revenue
- Arkansas Business: UA's CBER to host Quarterly Business Analysis on May 16
- Waltontoday.uark.edu: Quarterly Business Analysis set for May 16 in Fayetteville
- NWAOnline: Bentonville's tax filers lead US in dividend gains
- Arkansas Money & Politics: CBER presenting Quarterly Business Analysis in May
- News.uark.edu: Qarterly Business Analysis Luncheon Set for May 16 in Fayetteville
- ArkansasOnline: NW Arkansas lags in arts, study shows
- KUAF: Ozarks at large for Thursday, April 4, 2019
- KUAF: Trying to predict a future recession
- ArkansasOnline: Northwest Arkansas' economic growth boosts sales tax revenue
- Talk Business & Politics: Economist: Yield curve inversion has been true, but new factors may complicate its accuracy
- Arkansas Business: Skyline Report: Office space vacancy rate hits all-time low
- Talk Business & Politics: It's easier than you think
- ArkansasOnline: Offices vacancy rate low in region, warehouses rise in NW Arkansas
- Talk Business & Politics: Vacancy rate rises in commercial real estate market in Northwest Arkansas, office vacancy falls
- ArkansasOnline: State's jobless rate holds in January
- NWAOnline: $2M gift supports business startups
- Talk Business & Politics: Economist: Mixed bag in 4Q earnings suggests slower 2019 economy
- Arkansas Business & Politics: Residential Report Highlights 2H 2018
- Talk Business and Politics: Economist: Mised bag in 4Q earnings suggests slower 2019 economy
- KNWA: NWA building permits highest recorded in 12 years, according to report
- Arkansas Online: NW Arkansas building permits rise
- Arkansas Business: Skyline Report: More permits issued, home prices continue to rise
- Talk Business & Politics: Skyline Report: home prices rise, apartment vacancy falls
- Arkansas Online: Vote to give facility its day in court
- Talk Business and Politics: Economic impact of University of Arkansas only the tip of the iceberg
- KUAF: Economic Impact of university triples
- The Economic Impact of the University of Arkansas executive summary and full report
- NWA Council: University of Arkansas Economic impact wells to $2.2 billion a year
- Arkansas Money & Politics: Officials detail University of Arkansas' economic impact on state
- NWAOnline: Gasoline prices' rise in Arkansas, nationally tied to oil costs, cold weather
- Arkansas Online NW: Gasoline prices' rise tied to oil costs, cold weather
- NWAOnline: UA adds $2.2 billion to economy, report says
- UA Arkansas Newswire: Economic impact report shows U of A feeds $2.2 billion into state economy
- ArkansasOnline: UA adds $2.2 billion report says
- Arkansas Business: Report: UA's Economic Impact Grew to $2.2B in 2018
- Talk Business & Politics: University of Arkansas system delivers $2.2 billion economic boon to state's economy, report says
- Arkansas Money & Politics: Officials detail University of Arkansas' economic impact on state
- 40/29tv.com: University of Arkansas highlights $2.2B economic impact growth in new report
- 5newsonline.com: Economic impact report shows UA feeds $2.2 billion into state economy
- Arkansas Business: Arkansas big 3 metros power state growth
- Talk Business & Politics: Home buying forecast: Trends to know
- Talk Business & Politics: Trade concerns, opiod crisis, lack of R&D investment seen as risks to economic growth
- Talk Business & Politics: Arkansas manufacturing sector faces dearth of skilled workers with tight labor pool, low unemployment
- NWAOnline:Northwest Arkansas economy outpaces others
- Talk Business & Politics: Executive Roundtable: Laura Landreaux, Mervin Jebaraj and Randy Zook
- ArkansasOnline: Arkansas Life magazine appeals for new subscribers
- 5 News: Arkansas minimum wage increases
- ArkansasOnline: Springdale considers regulations for food trucks
- Arkansas Democrat Gazette NW: Sewer system installation completed
- NWA Democrat Gazette: Sewer system 'best-kept secret'
- Talk Business & Politics: Arkansas population growth continues in 2018 with 11,000 new residents
- Arkansas Money & Politics: Fuel for the Arkansas Economy
- NWA rkansas Democrat-Gazette NW: Springdale's northwest area prepared for development
- Arkansas Money & Politics: Experts Set to Speak at 25th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon
- University of Arkansas Newswire: Experts set to discuss economy at 25th Business Forecast Luncheon
- NWAOnline: Arkansas improves its rate of degrees, state still lagging U.S., neighbors
- ArkansasOnline: Debt, high rent, low wages stall homeownership across U.S. and in Arkansas
- Arkansas Online: Building in west Little Rock sells for more than $9m
- : NWA population tide pours into bedroom communities
- NWAOnline: Jobless rate 3.5% as Arkansas trend holds
- Arkansas Online: Black Friday remains a thing, but not as big
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