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Our students work closely with faculty to design, execute, and present research in a variety of areas.

Joint Project

MECACC: “The Voice of American Business in the Gulf Region”

The Department of Economics has established a joint research project with the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce (MECACC). The data was compiled by faculty and undergraduates at the University, providing a valuable research experience for students interested in studying international economies and their impact on the U.S. 

MECACC has established itself as the voice of American business in the Gulf Region. MECACC represents American Chambers of Commerce in the Gulf Region of the Middle East, which consists of: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman, as such, MECACC is the representative of more than 950 American businesses in the Gulf Region, where it fosters U.S. business activities and actively encourages U.S. Government policies that promote American commercial interests in the region.

To further MECACC’s mission, the Department of Economics is creating a trade database in order to analyze how U.S. exports to the region are affecting economic development in both the U.S. (at the state and Federal level) and in the Gulf Region of the Middle East.

The data was compiled by faculty and undergraduates at the University, providing a valuable research experience for students interested in studying international economies and their impact on the U.S. Furthermore, the project has allowed students to gain valuable project management skills.

The database will serve as a resource to local and state governments, Chambers of Commerce members, existing commercial enterprises and start-ups looking to have a presence in the Gulf Region.

For more information about this dynamic research collaboration, contact Dr. Karl Petrick, associate professor of Economics, at kpetrick@wne.edu.