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
Impacts of a $15 Minimum Wage
In anticipation of an initiative raising the minimum wage slated for the Fall 2016 ballot, the Center for Business and Policy Research has been working on an assessment of the minimum wage increase on the Northern California Megaregion and has released some preliminary results in response to recent news about the proposal to increase the California minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. READ MORE
Pacific will bestow one of its highest awards, an honorary degree, to Douglass Eberhardt ’59 and Kate Moses ’84 during its May 14 commencement ceremony. more
The latest Cost of Living Index (COLI) from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) covers San Joaquin County for the full 2015 calendar year. more
The California economy will maintain steady growth according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research. more