Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis

Todd L. Cherry, Director

The Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA) is a multidisciplinary research unit at Appalachian State University. The mission of CERPA is to improve policy and decisionmaking by producing rigorous research and disseminating relevant information on current economic and policy issues. To that end, CERPA maintains research programs in the specific areas of economic development, environment and energy, and public finance.

Within these broader programs, CERPA maintains a specific program of work that addresses the most pressing economic and policy issues in western North Carolina. This program provides a WNC Data Center, WNC Issue Briefs, and the WNC Economic Index and Report.