Economics, Business, and Public Policy

The Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) is a national, professional organization dedicated to university research in economics, business, and public policy. The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) represents Ball State as a proud and active member of AUBER, and our work has been recognized by our peers for its excellence in content and design.


  • Advance high-quality research and public policy in the fields of business and economics.
  • Promote the collection, analysis, and communication of complex data with an emphasis on regional issues.
  • Facilitate continuous improvement in the research and operations of AUBER units.
  • Demonstrate the importance of AUBER unit relationships with academia, legislatures, and other constituencies.


AUBER formed as the Associated University Bureaus of Business & Economic Research in January 1947 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during a meeting of national economic and statistical associations, including the American Economic Association. Research offices from 35 universities joined in the first year.

  • In October 1947, the organization held its first meeting in Washington, D.C. 
  • In 2018, Ball State CBER began its 10-year commitment to serve as the secretary-treasurer and manage the AUBER Business Office.
  • In 2022, AUBER celebrated its 75th anniversary at the annual fall conference, which was held in Pensacola Beach, Florida. The conference is hosted by a different member institution each year.

AUBER has grown to include research offices in universities and institutions throughout the nation, and nearly every state.

AUBER Business Office

The Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University is pleased to serve as AUBER's Business Office for 2018-2028. The CBER team serves on numerous committees and manages operations for the organization, including facilitation of the annual fall conference.

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The majority of AUBER members are university centers, departments, or business schools that conduct research in economics, business, or public policy. AUBER also welcomes private-sector organizations that produce similar research or data-driven technologies.

The annual fall conference (usually held in October) serves as the ideal forum for members to present and discuss current research, projects, and trends relating to economics, business, and public policy.

Who should attend the fall conference?

  • faculty, staff, and student researchers
  • data-driven graphic designers and communicators
  • developers and programmers of statistical models and data interfaces
  • vendors of statistical economic products and technologies

Visit AUBER’s website for membership details and a list of board officers.

By the Numbers

Events and products offered by AUBER units:
  • 100% conduct economic impact/feasibility studies
  • 95% perform industry studies
  • 94% conduct community presentations
  • 75% offer regional economic forecasting
  • 89% produce at least one free publication
Data from annual AUBER membership survey responses

The Center for Business and Economic Research represents Ball State as a proud member of the Association for University Business and Economic Research. Since 1947, AUBER members engage in a diverse array of applied economic research and provide their communities with public presentations, forums, economic forecasts, and workshops in areas of interest to the business community.