Bureau of Business and Economic Research

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) 

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) has been in official existence since 1970s, though it began with the Duluth Business Index in the early 1960s. The BBER has become a respected go-to resource for unbiased research and analyses, and directors have long been sought for media responses to current economic issues.  

The BBER hires UMD students as undergraduate research assistants. These students are trained in applied economics research and gain in-depth hands-on experience working on actual BBER projects. Several BBER students have gone on to graduate school or law school, and many others have pursued careers in research-based fields.

Funded by a special appropriation of the Minnesota Legislature, private contracts, and research grants, the BBER is always actively involved in any number of current projects.  


  • Collects, analyzes, and disseminates economic information
  • Provides research to identify economic problems and opportunities
  • Delivers unbiased data and analysis concerning economic viability
  • Spurs research initiatives at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics 
  • Imparts hands-on, real-world research skills to students
  • Contributes to strategic thinking about research data 


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Bureau of Business and Economic Research

330R and 330T LSBE
1318 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
United States