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 was created to engage the university community and the public in a serious and sustained examination of the impact of private enterprise and entrepreneurship on society. 

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