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Alabama Business Optimism Improves as 2016 Progresses

Business confidence rose to 55.1 on the second quarter 2016 Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) survey, conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research in UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. The index increased 2.1 points and closed at its highest level in three quarters. That said, panelists are now less optimistic than a year ago when the ABCI registered ...more

Business Executives Rank Balanced State Budget and Education the Top Issues Facing Alabama

The Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) panelists voiced their opinions about the top issues facing the state and their companies in a survey conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in November 2015. Business executives reported that balanced state budget and government leadership was the top issue facing ...more

Alabama's Metro Areas Facts and Figures

The University of Alabama 2013-2014 Economic Impacts

For the 2013-2014 academic year, economic and fiscal impacts of The University of
Alabama (UA) on the State of Alabama were $2.5 billion, 12,132 jobs, and $111.5 million in income and sales taxes ($34.1 million state sales tax, $34.7 million state income tax, and $42.7 million local sales tax). Compared to $144.2 million state appropriation for the year, the $2.5 billion impact translates into a $17.06 impact for every $1 of state appropriation. The seven home football games had a total statewide impact of $180.7 million, an average of $25.8 million per game.

The State of Alabama will realize a 17.0 percent annual rate of return on its $144.2 million fiscal year 2014 appropriation to the university because over their careers the UA 2013-2014 graduating class will pay additional taxes of $885.3 million ...more

Alabama Economics Club - "2015 National, State, and Local Economic Outlook"

Downlaod the PowerPoint presentation of Mr. Ahamd Ijaz here.

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Alabama Job Growth Picking Up, Economic Forecast from UA’s CBER Improves

Recent numbers indicate that Alabama job growth may finally be picking up from the slow pace seen since the last recession.  The state added 31,600 jobs between September 2013 and September 2014.  That’s one of the highest rates of job growth during a 12-month period since the U.S. economy fell into ...more

CBER Analysis Validates Predictive Significance of ABCI

Each quarter business executives across Alabama take the online Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) survey, a project of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in UA's Culverhouse College of Commerce. The recent Q4 2013 survey marked 48 consecutive quarters of ABCI results. Using these survey results, CBER has completed a Validation Analysis comparing statewide trends in the ABCI and ...more

UA Economist Provides Cost-Benefit Analysis of New Alabama Immigration Law

In a new study, Dr. Samuel Addy, Director of UA's Center for Business and Economic Research, utilizes cost-benefit analysis to assess the economic impacts of HB 56, the Alabama immigration law ...more

Report takes broad look at Alabama economy and related topics

A study completed by CBER in 2011 for the Alabama Association of Regional Councils (AARC) assesses the status of the state’s economy, people, resources, and environment in global, national, and regional contexts.  The 53-page report, Alabama in the Global Economy, considers the question of “Where do we go from here?” and offers policy recommendations for sustainable development.  It is part of the AARC’s recent update of Alabama’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).  You can visit the Alabama CEDS website at for reports, data, and maps or access the Alabama in the Global Economy report directly here.

Preliminary Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes in Alabama

Preliminary macroeconomic impact estimates of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes that hit Alabama are reductions of (i) 0.2-0.5 percent in employment or 5,600-13,200 jobs, (ii) 0.2-0.5 percent in state tax collections or $19.1-44.5 million, (iii) 0.5-0.7 percent in Alabama Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or $835 million to $1.3 billion, and (iv) $4.4-10.2 million in local sales tax collections.  These loss effects are expected to be experienced in 2011 only ...more

BP Oil Spill Preliminary Macroeconomic Impacts on Alabama

The Center for Business and Economic Research has released preliminary macroeconomic impact estimates of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Alabama for 2010 ...more


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