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The Economic Analysis Program was formed in 2002 through the merger of two longstanding Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) programs: Forecasting and Policy Studies. Staff members conduct research on a variety of economic issues that have policy implications for the state of Florida. Recent topics have included economic conditions that affect the demand for transportation infrastructure; the relationship between income growth, population growth and regional physical characteristics; regional differences in price level indexes; alternative methods for certifying special educators; and the impact of smoking bans on restaurant sales.
The BEBR Economic Analysis Program receives research contracts from a variety of state and federal agencies and often collaborates with research centers at other universities in Florida. Its research is published regularly in scholarly journals and as technical reports for government agencies. Staff members make presentations on Florida's economy to business, civic and government groups throughout the state and often provide analytical insights to members of the media. (Read More)
The Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) began making population estimates for Florida and its counties in the 1950s, formally establishing the Population Program in 1972 when BEBR received the first of a continuous series of annual contracts from the State of Florida to produce the state's official city and county population estimates.
The Population Program continues to produce Florida’s official city, county, and state population estimates each year. These estimates are used for state revenue-sharing and many other planning, budgeting, and analytical purposes. The program also produces estimates of households and average household size and projections by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for the state and each county. (Read More)
Established in 1983 to conduct research on consumer attitudes and buying behavior in Florida, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research Survey Research program has grown into a state-of-the-art survey research program with a 93-station computerized lab operating seven days a week. Renamed the UF Survey Research Center (UFSRC) in 2001, the program conducts a regular monthly survey of some 500 households in Florida. Staff members conduct research on a variety of survey-related topics, publish the results in scholarly journals, and make presentations at professional conferences. (Read More)