Western Centre for Economic Research

Established in 1985, the WCER is a University of Alberta based research centre sponsored by the Alberta School of Business and the Faculties of Arts (Department of Economics) and Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences. The Centre's objective is to undertake research projects that contribute to evidence based government policy development, can be used for practical business planning purposes at the firm or industry level, and are capable of furthering academic research.

In the past 28 years the Centre has published over 160 research bulletins, organized numerous conferences, and developed more than 20 student internships on a variety of economic subject areas. WCER research has encompassed a wide range of economic issues relevant to Western Canada. The Centre is currently focused on international trade, small business and Western Canadian business indicators.