The Fiscal and Economic Research Center

The Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC) provides research services for area businesses, not-for-profits organizations, and government entities including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Economic analysis
  • Land-use planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis
  • Market research, marketing strategy and planning
  • Statistical analysis
  • Simulation analysis
  • Ecological and biological analysis
  • Government and public policy analysis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic forecasting and business development


The Fiscal and Economic Research Center meets the strategic goals of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the College of Business and Economics through its focus on regional engagement as well as improving programs and learning through students hands-on training in the field of economics.

FERC is a self-sustaining center that is supported by fees generated by individual projects and grants. 

Latest County Level Coincident Indices for Wisconsin

"A classical approach to surveying the current health of the economy in a county is to analyze the levels and trends based on a coincident economic index. The more holistic approach, used to create this index for Wisconsin counties, is to combine consistently available coincident  economic indicators. This quarterly index is based on county employment, total wages, and the county's unemployment rate."

2017 Coincident Indice

Click here to view the indices for past quarters and years.

Click here to view the paper on the approach used to calculate the indices.