Research Centers

Influencing business leaders, policy-makers and scholars around the world.

The five research centers inside the Gatton College of Business and Economics provide insight and analysis of key topics critical to the business community, from economic analysis to business development and entrepreneurship to poverty issues and
more.


Center for Business & Economic Research (CBER)

The Center for Business & Economic Research (CBER) is the applied business and economic research branch of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Housed within the Department of Economics, CBER has a long history of conducting applied economic
studies and is the leading source of information on the Kentucky economy.

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LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis

The LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis is devoted to the study and optimization of social networks in organizations. LINKS conducts and publishes cutting-edge research, as well as offering training, consulting, and conferences in the rapidly
expanding field of social network analysis.

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University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR)

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center housed in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Established in 2002, the Center’s research informs evidence-based policy
on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty and inequality in the United States.

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Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center accelerates the Kentucky economy by commercializing UK research, facilitating university-industry collaborations, and assisting entrepreneurs and small
businesses in creating jobs. We work with faculty, clinicians, staff, and student innovators to create start-ups and spinoff companies.

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John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise

The John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the role that markets play in the economy and in society. The Institute’s mission is to generate intellectually rigorous research and an open dialogue
to discover and understand how free enterprise affects peoples’ lives and the well-being of society.

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Kentucky Research Data Center

The Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC) is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the U.S. Census Bureau established by a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2016. KRDC is part of the nationwide system of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers whose mission is to expand the data infrastructure available to qualified scholars and students with approved projects by providing access to restricted individual- and firm-level data from participating federal statistical agencies. KRDC is maintained by a regional consortium of leading research institutions, including the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville. The lab is located on the University of Kentucky campus in the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building.

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