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Center for Business and Policy Research

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) is a research and outreach unit known for independent, objective analyses of business, economic, and public policy issues in California with a focus on the Northern California Mega-Region which includes the North San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento Metro Area, and the Bay Area. The Center has staffed offices on both the Stockton and Sacramento campuses. Staff have extensive experience on water, transportation, housing, labor, and economic development issues that are of critical importance to this region. Widely recognized across California for the quality of its analyses, the Center's reports and experts are cited between 150 and 250 times per year in the local, state, and national press.

The Center for Business and Policy Research was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since Dr. Jeffrey Michael became Director of the Business Forecasting Center in 2008, the Center has expanded its topical scope, staff, and expertise beyond economic forecasting, and the Center was renamed in 2015 to better reflect its work. 


Recent Release


Estimated Impacts of Covid-19 on Northern California
COVID-19 will lead to record high unemployment rates across Northern California by May, according to the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. The Center estimates the loss of 1.25 million jobs and a peak unemployment rate of 17.7% in Northern California and a statewide loss of over 3.8 million jobs with an unemployment rate of 18.8%.


Dynamic Change in Goods Movement

Dynamic Change in Goods Movement
There has been a dynamic change in San Joaquin County’s goods movement system during the past decade. This report highlights key dimensions of those changes including the structure of commerce in Northern California, evolving business models, skills needs and opportunities, and infrastructure investments.  



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