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Center for Business and Economic Insight (CBEI) Kevin Bahr

Delivering Insight for the Central Wisconsin Region

The UW-Stevens Point Center for Business and Economic Insight (CBEI) promotes regional economic and community development through the provision of applied business and economic knowledge to the citizens of Portage, Marathon and Wood counties. The CBEI aims to be an indispensable source of expertise for local business, governmental and community leaders.
Center for Business and Economic Insight

Special Event

John List ’92

University of Chicago professor of economics, Walmart chief economist and UW-Stevens Point Distinguished Alumnus John List ’92 returned to campus March 3-4 to speak about his experiences of scaling great ideas and shared stories from the White House and Chicago Heights schools to Uber and Lift.
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Most recent publication – Q3 2022

This report includes Central Wisconsin Economic Indicators by Scott Wallace, Ph.D., and The U.S. Economy and Inflation in 2023 by Chief Analyst Kevin Bahr. In “The U.S. Supreme Court: Under the Radar,” Professor of Business Law Caz McChrystal addresses several cases currently under review or about to be argued before the Supreme Court involving states’ ability to regulate business, the due process rights of businesses, and the regulation of speech on the internet. These cases, that often fly under the radar of casual Court watchers could greatly affect the business climate in the United States and in North Central Wisconsin. This issue’s Insight Spotlight column, “Do More Together: Strategic Doing for Stronger Communities” by student Adam Klawitter ’23 and UWSP Professor Elizabeth Martin describe the critical role “strategic doing” can play in supporting community development initiatives.

CBEI Central Wisconsin Fall 2022 Report

Our Staff

Scott Wallace

Scott Wallace

  • Director – Center for the Business and Economic Insight
  • Professor – Economics
Kevin Bahr

Kevin Bahr

  • Professor – Finance
  • Chief Analyst – Center for Business and Economic Insight
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Alexis Flaten

  • Senior Research Assistant – Center for Business and Economic Insight
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Kyle Pulvermacher

  • Research Assistant – Center for Business and Economic Insight

CBEI History

The CBEI represents a recent outgrowth of the Central Wisconsin Economic Research Bureau (CWERB) which was founded in 1983. In addition to economic analysis, the CBEI will seeks to foster prosperity by being a source of applied business knowledge for our regional constituents. The CBEI is a nonprofit organization whose operating budget comes from the UWSP School of Business and Economics. Building on that tradition of service to the Central Wisconsin region, we changed our name to the UW-Stevens Point Center for Business and Economic Insight (CBEI) in 2019 to reflect a broader vision and expansion of activities.

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