Center for Economic Research

Center for Economic Research LogoThe Center for Economic Research (CER) provides economic analysis to private businesses and government agencies in the greater Louisiana region. Housed within the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University, the Center serves to connect the university community with economic development efforts in the state by supplying detailed economic impact analysis of both private enterprise and government policy initiatives.

As a part of its community outreach, the CER partners with businesses and local area chambers of commerce to provide updates of the ever-changing economic landscape and forecasts for Louisiana. The Center also partners with faculty in co-curricular efforts by producing the quarterly Regional Economic Analysis of Louisiana (REAL) Report with College of Business economics and finance students. Annually, the CER produces the Louisiana Economic Abstract which outlines macroeconomic trends at the state and MSA level.

Louisiana Economic Abstract

The CER produces the Louisiana Economic Abstract, an annual series designed to report state-level economic developments and the impact of policies within Louisiana. This report takes a bird’s-eye view of the economy from a distinctly macroeconomic perspective.

2022-2023 Louisiana Economic Abstract (current edition)
2021-2022 Louisiana Economic Abstract

SCILS Regional STEM Workforce Analysis Report

The CER collaborated with the Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC) in the College of Education and Human Sciences at Louisiana Tech to  produce the 2022 SCILS Regional STEM Workforce Analysis Report, a resource designed to provide insight into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce landscape across North Louisiana. Click here to read the report. 


Center Director

Dr. Patrick Scott
Patricia Garland Endowed Professor, Associate Professor of Economics
(318) 257- 2311

Dr. Patrick Scott is an associate professor of economics. He teaches macroeconomics, monetary theory, and research methods at Louisiana Tech University. His research interests include optimal monetary policy models, dynamic general equilibrium models, time series forecasting, and Bayesian econometrics.

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The Center for Economic Research at Louisiana Tech is a member of the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER), the premier professional organization for regional economics centers across the United States.