Centre for Economic Policy Research

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The Centre for Economic Policy Research was founded in 1983 to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Drawing together the expertise of its Research Fellows and Affiliates, CEPR initiates, funds and coordinates research activities and communicates the results quickly and effectively to decision makers around the world. The Centre is an independent, non-profit organization and takes no institutional policy positions.

CEPR is a thinknet. It is a distributed network of economists, who are affiliated with but not employed by CEPR, and who collaborate through the Centre on a wide range of policy-related research projects and dissemination activities. CEPR’s thinknet structure also supports the Centre’s pluralist and non-partisan stance. The Centre actively encourages diversity of opinion and independent thought in its network, with the result that CEPR's output reflects state-of-the-art thinking from a range of perspectives. This helps enrich and enliven policy debates.

Today, CEPR’s network of Research Fellows and Affiliates includes over 900 of the top economists conducting research on issues affecting the European economy. Researchers are based in their home institutions (universities, research institutes, central bank research departments, and international organisations), and collaborate through the Centre in the pursuit of policy-relevant economic research and dissemination activities. CEPR researchers are appointed by the Centre's Appointments Committee, chaired by the Centre's President. These researchers are organized in ten Programme Areas, each led by Programme Directors who provide intellectual leadership and quality control. The work of the Programme Directors is guided by the Centre's Director and Research Director.

CEPR is involved in research projects with partners across Europe, and disseminates the network’s research findings to the private and policy sectors. The Centre organises approximately 80 meetings a year, and produces over 600 Discussion Papers, reports and books.