The study, conducted by Matthew Rousu, an associate professor of economics at Susquehanna University and expert in economic development research, used conservative estimates of Bucknell's spending in making its estimates. Standard multipliers from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis were used to determine the resulting economic impact.

The study examined the impact of eight spending components: salaries and wages, benefits, taxes, construction spending, food services spending, miscellaneous spending, student spending and visitor spending.