Recent Publications

Monetizing Some Benefits of Participation in NEXUS

Border Policy Brief, Summer 2015

NEXUS is a 'trusted traveler' program that provides expedited processing to travelers entering the U.S. and Canada. This Border Brief analyzes several benefits that accrue to NEXUS members, including reduced delays, increased predictability in travel times, and the monetary value of time and gasoline savings. These metrics demonstrate the value of the NEXUS program to individuals, as well as the broader public.

Washington State's Economy in Relation to Canada and the Border

Special Report, June 2015

Over the past decade the BPRI has generated a steady stream of research pertaining to the economic relationship between Washington State and Canada. This report integrates and summarizes that body of research, highlighting the importance of Canada and thus of mobility at the border. The report is available as a bound hardcopy upon request.

Exchange Rates and Border Crossings in the Cascade Gateway

Border Policy Brief, Winter 2015

Recent declines in the value of the Canadian dollar have caused much speculation about the influence of exchange rates on the economy in the Cascade Gateway region. This Border Brief highlights both qualitative and quantitative characteristics of cross-border travel patterns in our region. Such patterns may provide insight into future impacts associated with a weakened loonie and a strengthened U.S. dollar.



Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.

Events & News

Canada's Changing Economy and Whatcom County

Wednesday, November 18th, 11:30-1:30
Viking Union 565 B

Join Canadian and U.S. economists for a discussion exploring how and why economic conditions in Canada are changing and the implications for businesses and residents in Whatcom County.

Borders in the European Union

Tuesday, October 6th, 10:00-11:00
Academic Instructional West 302

Join Dr. Wojciech Michnik, a visiting Fulbright scholar from Poland, for a discussion on the refugee and immigrant crisis in Europe.


Call for Proposals

The BPRI invites submission of research proposals for the '16-'17 academic year. Any WWU faculty member with an employment agreement for that year is eligible to apply. Submission deadline is November 16, 2015.