Bureau of Business Research


The BBR provides communities and policymakers with evidence-based sociological and economic research to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of the state’s business environment.

Since its founding in 1926, the BBR has developed a reputation for nonpartisan analysis of economic trends through publications, independent reports, and sponsored research.

Four research priority areas include:

1- Economic Impact Studies

2- West Texas & Rural Communities Initiative

3- Sexual Assault Impact Studies

4- Economics of Human Trafficking


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

  • Enhancing Minority Participation in Travis County’s Contracting Program
  • Surveys of Black-owned and Hispanic-owned businesses
  • Study of housing needs after Hurricane Harvey
  • Human trafficking trends in Texas: Prevalence and Economic Impact
  • Disrupting Exploitation and Trafficking in Labor Supply Networks
  • Integrating Decision and Behavioral Science to Design and Implement
  • Interventions to Reduce Exploitation
  • Goal Congruence and Alignment via Neighborhoods:
  • Trust and Collaboration in Construction Industry Supply Chains
  • Sustainable Development in Aspiring Communities:
  • Small-City and Regional Strategies for Economic Growth
  • Statewide Inventory of Sexual Assault Services
  • Evaluation of Texas Drivers License Services
  • CLASE: 5-year program to improve safety and learning across UT System
  • Survey and impact of campus sexual assault