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The Arvest Consumer Sentiment Index

The Arvest Consumer Sentiment Index is the result of a survey that measures respondents' economic perceptions and opinions to provide a state-level comparison to national economic surveys. The survey, commissioned by Arvest Bank, is conducted twice a year in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Four universities partner with Arvest Bank on the survey – the University of Arkansas, Missouri State University, University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University.

The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville leads the research team and The University of Oklahoma's Public Opinion Learning Laboratory (POLL) conducts the telephone surveys. CBER, Missouri State University and Oklahoma City University analyze the state level data.

Kathy Deck, director of CBER, is the lead researcher for the project and provides evaluation and guidance for results within Arkansas. David Mitchell, director of the Bureau of Economic Research at Missouri State University, evaluates results for Missouri and Russell Evans, director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research & Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University, evaluates results for Oklahoma.