Bureau of Economic & Business Research (BEBR) at University of Florida

Centers and Institutes

April 1, 2019

BEBR’s Mission

  • To collect, analyze and generate economic and demographic data on Florida and its local areas;
  • To conduct economic and demographic research that will inform public policy and business decision making;
  • To distribute data and research findings throughout the state and the nation.

Did you know?

  • BEBR was founded in 1930 and was formerly in the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. In 2011, BEBR moved to the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • BEBR produces Florida’s official state and local population estimates and projections. These estimates and projections are used for distributing state revenue-sharing dollars to cities and counties in Florida and for budgeting, planning and policy analysis by state and local government agencies, businesses, researchers, the media, and members of the general public.
  • BEBR conducts Florida’s monthly Consumer Sentiment survey and surveys for clients such as the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Public Service Commission, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the RAND Corporation, and academic researchers at UF and other universities. The monthly consumer attitude survey monitors changes in the Consumer Sentiment of Floridians, providing an important indicator of the state’s economic outlook.
  • BEBR produces Florida’s price, wage, and retail indexes and a county price level index used by the Florida Legislature to allocate K-12 educational funds to school districts in Florida. BEBR also conducts policy-relevant analyses on topics such as the economic effects of changes in Florida’s property tax system, the costs and benefits of alternative teacher preparation programs, and methods for estimating local differences in the cost of living.

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