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.

Contact our experts below to request a speaker, initiate a project, or gain insight into recent work.

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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
1200 N. McKinley Avenue

Our office is located in the Whitinger Business Building, which is east of Shafer Tower, between the Architecture Building and Bracken Library. The visitor address is 1200 N. McKinley Avenue – this is NOT the mailing address.

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Staff Directory

Media Inquiries

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

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

Michael J. Hicks, PhD, Director of CBER
industry analysis, labor markets, impact study, regional economics

Emily J. Wornell, PhD, Research Assistant Professor
social demographics, placemaking and quality of life, rural/urban divide, regional economics

Additional Services

General Inquiries & Events

Lisa Goodpaster, Secretary

Initiating New Studies & Forecasts

Michael J. Hicks, Director of CBER

Data Delivery & New Web Tools

Victoria Meldrum, Manager of Publications & Web Services

Inquiries for CBER Data Center, Commentaries, Business Bulletin, & Publications Archives

Victoria Meldrum, Manager of Publications & Web Services