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 it work.


CBPR Recent Publications

California & Metro ForecastCalifornia and Metro Forecast: January 2015
The California economy is expected to maintain its positive momentum in 2015 according to the latest projection from the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific. The forecast states, "Consumers are confident, supported by surprisingly low gas prices, solid job growth and improving wages. The labor force is beginning to grow again, the tech engine continues to propel the state's economy forward, and the housing market is once again ready to support growth."




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