Center for Business and Policy Research

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is a research and outreach unit known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic, and public policy issues in California with a focus on the Northern California Mega-Region which includes the North San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Metro Area, and the Bay Area. The Center has staffed offices on both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses. Staff have extensive experience on water, transportation, housing, labor, and economic development issues that are of critical importance to this region. Widely recognized across California for the quality of its analyses, the Center's reports and experts are cited between 150 and 250 times per year in the local, state, and national press.

The Center for Business and Policy Research was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since Dr. Jeffrey Michael became Director of the Business Forecasting Center in 2008, the Center has expanded its topical scope, staff, and expertise beyond economic forecasting, and the Center was renamed in 2015 to better reflect its work. Although forecasting is no longer in the Center's name, CBPR continues to publish the California and Metro Business Forecast, and it remains a core part of its work.


CBPR Recent Publications

Benefit-Cost Analysis CoverBenefit-Cost Analysis of the California WaterFix
August 2016

The California WaterFix is the newest iteration of the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamations' effort to build twin 35-mile water conveyance tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. A study done by the Center for Business and Policy Research found that the $16 billion WaterFix plan would deliver 23 cents in benefits, such as increased water supply, for every dollar in costs.  READ MORE




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