Bureau of Business Research

The BBR provides communities and policymakers with evidence-based socio-economic research for a stronger and more resilient Texas.


Since its founding in 1926, the BBR has developed a reputation for nonpartisan analysis of economic trends through publications, independent reports, and sponsored research. Especially now, BBR’s mission is to serve Texas and its communities with ground-breaking research, critical analysis, and actionable findings towards economic recovery and broad-based growth.

Research Priorities



Texas State and Local Government/Organizations

  • Office of the Texas Governor
  • General Land Office
  • Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce
  • Texas African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Travis County


  • National Science Foundation

UT Austin

  • Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Construction Industry Institute Office of Technology Commercialization
  • Global Innovation Lab (Texas Global)
  • Austin Technology Incubator
  • Office of the Provost
  • Transportation Research Center


Recent Sponsored Research Projects




BBR Research on Minority-Owned Firms, Small Cities in Texas

BBR and IDVSA release new study on commercial child sexual exploitation

BBR Wins NSF Award for Labor Trafficking and Exploitation Study

IC² Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University Through Research

Contact Bruce Kellison, BBR Director, for more information about the Bureau and its research.


Bruce Kellison | Director | bkellison@ic2.utexas.edu | 512-475-7813

Jim Jarrett | Senior Research Scientist | jj@ic2.utexas.edu | 512-471-6990

Matt Kammer-Kerwick | Senior Research Scientist | mattkk@ic2.utexas.edu | 512-475-8919

Kara Takasaki | Post-Doctoral Researcher | kara.takasaki@utexas.edu

Adriann Oommen | Research Associate | adriann.oommen@austin.utexas.edu


Posted on

May 15, 2019