Provides data and analyses on economic issues of vital interest to Greater MetroWest

MetroWest Economic Research Center

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Economic Outreach

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MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University, established in 1991, collects and analyzes data related to economic and demographic conditions in several Massachusetts regions including MetroWest, Greater Franklin, 495/MW Corridor, Greater Marlborough and South Shore.

Recent MERC publications

MERC Insights: Greater MetroWest Revenue: Financing Local Communities

MERC Insights: 2023 Compensation and Benefits Survey for MetroWest Nonprofit Organizations

Greater MetroWest Economic Profile 2023

MERC Insights: Housing in GMW: Booming Prices and Depressed Sales

MERC Insights: 2023 495/MetroWest Employers Survey

MERC Internship Program

The MERC Internship offers students an opportunity to learn about the Massachusetts economy and apply the organizational, statistical, analytical and communication skills that have been previously introduced in a classroom setting.  Interns participate in projects involving regional economic concerns such as unemployment, cost of living, employment and wage structure, labor force composition, housing, municipal revenue and expenditures, and K-12 enrollment.