National Association for Business Economics (NABE)

NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and others who use economics in the workplace. If you are considering working in the field of economics, I recommend that you take a look at the resources NABE offers and consider becoming a student member. Since 1959, NABE has attracted the most prominent figures in economics, business, and academia to its membership with highly-regarded conferences, educational and career development offerings, economic surveys, and its unrivaled networking opportunities. 



As a NABE member, you have access to, which brings job seekers and employers together to help you in your job search.  You will also receive the latest economic news and updates through NABE's quarterly journal, Business Economics, and the weekly e-newsletter, NABE NewsDigest, you’ll be able to benchmark your forecast and gain insight into economic policy with NABE's economic surveys, and compare your salary to that of others in the field of economics with NABE's biennial Salary Survey.

In addition to the fall Career Fair, NABE hosts an Economics Policy Conference every year in Washington.

The NABE Economic Policy Conference is the premier annual event addressing issues at the nexus of economics, business, and policy. Designed around the theme “Promoting Sustained Growth: Policy Tensions and Risks,” the 2018 event focused on the key challenges for policymakers and business leaders in promoting sustained global growth amid rising threats from nationalism and protectionism. Topics included a broad range of policy issues that matter to businesses, including fiscal and regulatory policy, globalization, the future of energy, immigration, and the outlook for monetary policy.

The Certified Business Economist (CBE) professional certification

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) has partnered with The George Washington University to offer students the opportunity to earn an MA in Applied Economics and the Certified Business Economist® (CBE) professional certification simultaneously.

Certification as a Certified Business Economist (CBE) requires the following:

  1. Passing the CBE Exam
  2. Completing a Writing Skills for Business Economists class
  3. Completing a Communication and Presentation Skills class
  4. Having attained a four-year degree
  5. Having completed two years of work experience as an economist or in a related field
  6. Membership with NABE

The CBE Exam covers content in the following six areas (GW’s Economics courses are listed):

  • Econometrics (ECON 6375)
  • Economic Measurement (ECON 6305)
  • Macroeconomics (ECON 6305)
  • Managerial Economics (ECON 6321)
  • Microeconomics (ECON 6301)
  • Statistics and Data Analytics (ECON 6374)

Students may take the CBE exam after completing all program requirements. Courses not offered at GW may be taken on a self-study basis or through courses offered by NABE. The NABE website has a schedule of dates for courses and for the CBE exam.

For more information on the CBE, Download the Informational Brochure (PDF), send an email to [email protected] or visit

As a benefit of studying for your MA in applied economics at GW, we offer an “Oral and Written Communications” workshop at no charge to our students. A member of GW’s University Writing Program leads this 8-session workshop on Saturday mornings each semester. Upon completing this workshop, you will have met the CBE’s communications requirements. In addition, after completing your master’s degree and passing the CBE Exam, you will have met the requirements for CBE certification and will be a Pre-Certified Business Economist.


George Washington University Adds NABE’s Certified Business

Economist Certification to Master of Arts in Applied Economics Program


(August 28, 2017) The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) is partnering with The George Washington University (GW) to offer students the opportunity to earn degrees in economics and the Certified Business Economist® (CBE) professional certification simultaneously. GW’s Master of Arts in Applied Economics program coursework will prepare students to take the CBE exam.     

The Master of Arts in Applied Economics at The George Washington University teaches students how to combine economic theory with econometric techniques to understand how the global economy affects today’s multinational enterprises. Through this STEM-designated program, students get extensive practice applying economic analysis to real-world problems and will graduate with the tools needed for a successful career as an applied economist. Thanks to GW’s array of graduate programs, students can earn both a master’s degree in applied economics and a graduate certificate in areas such as budgeting and public finance, data science, and geographical information systems and others. The CBE partnership helps ensure that our graduates have mastered the practical skills that global enterprises value.

Launched in 2015, the CBE is a comprehensive professional certification program of study and examination covering core topics in applied economics and data analytics. Students who matriculate in qualifying master’s or undergraduate degree programs at partner universities will be able to complete their CBE requirements while studying for their degrees and sit for the CBE Exam which will be offered on campus each year.

Built by more than 50 chief economists and other senior-level NABE Members, the CBE certification program is designed to train and certify candidates on a battery of skills and knowledge employers expect effective economists to possess. The CBE adds clarity to decisions around hiring and promotion and establishes a platform for lifelong continuing education and career development.  

Successful CBEs have proven their skills and knowledge in key areas, including micro and macroeconomics; econometrics; managerial economics; economic measurement and statistics; as well as writing and communication skills. All CBEs must pursue continuing education throughout their careers and comply with the CBE Code of Ethics. The CBE program is administered by a Board of Governors which includes leading economists working in business, academia, and government. For more information on the CBE Certification, private training opportunities, or to apply to become a partner, contact Program Director Tara Munroe at [email protected] or 202-463-6223. Information on the CBE university partnership program can be found here.   

The Certified Business Economist® (CBE) is the certification in business economics and data analytics developed by the National Association for Business Economics.  The CBE is a symbol of distinction that candidates earn by meeting a prescribed level of achievement. It documents a professional’s accomplishments, experience, and abilities and demonstrates mastery of the body of knowledge critical for a successful career in the field of economics and data analytics. CBE® and Certified Business Economist® are certification marks owned by the National Association for Business Economics. More information is available on the CBE Web site.