Published 03/13/12

Economic studies at heart of new center

This video offers a brief look at the third annual Rhode Island Economic Conference held March 13. The conference was presented by the University's new Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (March 13, 2012) -- Bryant University today announced the launch of its Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies. The announcement was made at the opening of the University's third annual Rhode Island Economic Conference.

The center specializes in statistical and econometric analysis, including policy impact assessment, market analysis, and economic outlook. Its activities include:

  • interdisciplinary applied research (working papers, reports and the Bryant-RIPEC Rhode Island Economic Index can be found here);
  • internships;
  • regional and international outreach;
  • conferences and workshops;
  • expert consulting and econometric services for companies and organizations.

By creating strategic partnerships with international and regional organizations, the center helps advance Bryant's mission of developing the global perspective of its undergraduate and graduate students. Current partners include the New England Economic Partnership, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, and the United States Agency for International Development Community Connections Program.

Fifteen Bryant faculty members representing the University's departments of economics, financial services, management, marketing, and mathematics are research associates at the center.

The center creates a "very exciting opportunity" for Bryant to play a prominent role in helping Rhode Island solve its economic problems, President Ronald K. Machtley told the 170 guests attending the day's economic conference.

The conference, which will become one of the center's annual presentations, offered two panel discussions - one that took a look at long-run economic development, and another that explored the potential the state's health care industry holds for job creation. Bill Wray, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and president of the Health and Wellness Institute, presented the keynote address, "Health Care and a Healthy Economy: A Prescription for Change."