Economic Studies

About Economic Studies

The Brookings Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic policy issues facing the United States, focusing on job creation, fiscal integrity and promoting responsible economic growth. The research aims to increase understanding of how the economy works and what can be done to make it work better.

To help organize, focus, and leverage their work, Economic Studies contains a variety of Centers, Projects and major initiatives which are organized around several priority areas.

Business and the Economy 

Health Care Reform

  • Center for Health Policy 
    Working to raise the quality and value of medical care, restructure provider payments, expand access to affordable health insurance, and leverage the benefits of innovation and information technology.
  • Richard Merkin Initiative for Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership 
    An effort to better engage clinicians in current payment and delivery reform efforts through activities aimed at fostering leadership and advocacy skills among physicians and clinicians.


  • Climate and Energy Economics Project
    Our purpose is to develop and promote environmentally sound, economically efficient approaches to reducing human-induced risks to the earth’s climate. We focus on the economics of potential domestic cap-and-trade approaches and how U.S. commitments might play into a global agreement.

Social Policy 

  • Center on Children and Families 
    Studying policies for the well-being of children and their parents, in order to find more effective means of addressing poverty, inequality and lack of opportunity in the U.S.
  • The Future of Children 
    A collaboration of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution.
  • Policy Evaluation Project
    Providing a robust base of evidence to assess new policy ideas and incorporate successful ideas into the policy formulation process.
  • The Retirement Security Project
    Promoting efforts to make retirement saving easier and more rewarding, so as to improve retirement income prospects for American workers.

Tax and Fiscal Policy

  • Budgeting for National Priorities 
    Promoting greater fiscal responsibility by explaining the facts, developing new ideas, educating the public, and finding common ground among experts and policy makers.
  • Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
    Clarifying the nation’s tax policy choices with timely, accessible analysis and facts for policymakers, journalists and researchers.

Across Multiple Areas 

  • Center on Social Dynamics and Policy  
    Improving the understanding of complex issues such as health epidemics and potential policy responses to those crises through the use of computational modeling and simulation techniques.
  • The Hamilton Project 
    Producing evidence-based policy proposals to help create broad-based economic growth by harnessing the power of markets, enhancing individual economic security, and embracing a role for effective government.
  • The Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy
    The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy provides independent, non-partisan analysis of fiscal and monetary policy issues in order to further public understanding and to improve the quality and effectiveness of those policies.
  • The Okun-Model Fellowship
    The Okun-Model Fellowship is designed to offer outstanding economists the opportunity to pursue their own independent research on applied and policy issues in economics over the course of a year at Brookings. It is a position aimed at early-career economists, in particular those who have between two and six years of experience since obtaining their Ph.D.

Comments and Media

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