Recent Publications

Exchange Rates, Border Crossings and Retail Sales in the Cascade Gateway

Border Policy Brief, Winter 2016

The recent decline in the value of the Canadian Dollar has influenced cross-border passenger vehicle traffic at many ports along the Canada - U.S. border. This Border Brief analyzes shifts in the exchange rate and border crossing volumes at the three major gateways along the northern border, focusing on changes in sales tax revenues in Whatcom County.

A Business Case for Increasing RFID at the Land Border

Technical Memo, October 2015

Widespread use of RFID-enabled documents has the potential to greatly increase throughput at border crossings, which would alleviate the need for additional infrastructure/staffing and would also reduce GHG emissions. The Whatcom Council of Governments, with assistance from the BPRI, produced this technical memo documenting costs and benefits associated with a scenario involving government-subsidized distribution of RFID-enabled documents.

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

Special Report, June 2015

This report is a consolidation of research results gathered over the past decade, revealing the economic interdependence between Canada and Washington.

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.



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.

News & Events

"The Fence & the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity along the Canada - U.S. Border"

May 10, 7:00-8:00, Village Books, Fairhaven &
May 11, 2:00-2:50, Academic West 406, WWU

Dr. Heather Nicol will speak about her recent book on the historical development of the Canada - U.S. border security relationship.

"Human Rights at the Mexico - U.S. Border: A Personal Experience"

May 18, 12:00-1:20, Fairhaven College Auditorium, WWU

Dr. Victor Clark Alfaro from the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University will speak about the complexities of the U.S. - Mexico border.

Paul Storer Memorial Fund

Dr. Paul Storer was an integral part of the work produced at BPRI and shaped decades of research on business and economic relations between the U.S. and Canada. To learn about his memorial fund, CLICK HERE.