The Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR or Office of Research) has served the College of Business and the state of Illinois for well over sixty years with research and outreach programs focusing on the U.S. and state economies. Applied research, economic forecasting, database management, and the dissemination of research findings are among the Bureau's chief activities.
Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research is to foster research by the College of Business faculty and graduate students and to disseminate research results to a national and international audience.
In support of this mission, the office engages in a variety of activities, including production and distribution of faculty working papers, and publication/editorial management of research-related journals.
BEBR coordinates and supports the activities of the college Research and Learning Centers by providing administrative services, financial support and management, and research assistance.
Primary Functions :
Research-related funding. BEBR offers an annual spring competition for ¼-time research assistants for the summer. Faculty members submit applications and the Research Policy Committee selects the recipients.
BEBR also coordinates the annual Irwin Fellowship and the Ferber Award.
Coordination of data resources for research. BEBR subscribes to the following Wharton Research Data Services on behalf of the College of Business faculty and graduate students. There is no charge for those College of Business WRDS accounts. However, any account requests outside the College of Business are billable at $500 annually for Students and $2,500 annually for Faculty. Contact Linda Kelley for more information: email@example.com
Current WRDS Dataset Subscriptions
DMEF Academic Data
Fama French & Liquidity Factors
Federal Reserve Bank
Penn World Tables
SEC Order Execution
Working Papers. Faculty working papers are posted on the online BEBR Working Paper Database. http://www.business.uiuc.edu/Working_Papers/Main.asp in PDF format. Email your PDF to Linda Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Management of the CIBER Grant
Illinois CIBER has been located within BEBR for many years. The financial records of this grant are managed by the BEBR Administrative Secretary and Office Administrator.
Financial Management of the College of Business, Research & Learning Center funds
Editorial Management of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance
The Editorial support of the QREF Journal is maintained through BEBR.
KPMG Ph.D. Project Conference
BEBR coordinates the College of Business, annual attendance of this conference.
For more information about BEBR, please contact:
This page last updated 02-22-11
Questions? Contact Linda Kelley
College of Business, Office of Research
430 Wohlers Hall
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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