Offices Closed

Our staff value face-to-face interaction but the spread of COVID-19 was declared a disaster emergency in Delaware County on March 20, 2020. Effective March 23, 2020, we have closed our offices but not our services. To access our services please email us.

Learn more about what the university is doing to respond to COVID-19.

The Center of Business and Economic Research provides timely economic research and public policy analysis to a public audience in East Central Indiana and beyond.

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Center for Business and Economic Research
Ball State University
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304

In Person

Whitinger Business Building (WB)
Room 149

The Center for Business and Economic Research is located in the heart of Ball State University's campus in Muncie, Indiana.

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Our team of researchers are available for interview and can provide you with data-based insight into a variety of issues.

Srikant Devaraj, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
health economics, regional economics

Dagney Faulk, PhD, Director of Research
tax policy, real estate, public transit, regional economics

Michael J. Hicks, PhD, Director of CBER
industry health, labor markets, regional economics

Emily J. Wornell, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
social demographics, rural/urban divide, regional economics

Additional Contact Information

General Inquiries and Events

Lisa Goodpaster, Secretary

Initiating New Studies & Forecasts

Michael J. Hicks, Director of CBER
Dagney Faulk, Director of Research

Data Delivery & Web Tools

Srikant Devaraj, Research Assistant Professor

CBER Data Center Troubleshooting

Graham Watson, Web Development Manager

On-Campus Graphic Design

Victoria Meldrum, Manager of Publications