Skip to main content

About Economic Studies

The Brookings Economic Studies program provides analysis of current and emerging economic issues to promote innovative and practical policy solutions. Economic Studies scholars conduct rigorous research and policy analysis and communicate their findings to inform policymakers and the public in the areas of broad-based economic growth, economic opportunity and mobility, inclusive social policy, sound monetary and fiscal policy, and climate-resilient growth. 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

  • USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy A partnership between Economic Studies and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative aims to inform the national health care debate with rigorous, evidence-based analysis leading to practical recommendations using the collaborative strengths of USC and Brookings.


  • 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 climate policies, how U.S. commitments might play into a global agreement, and the design of state-level carbon pricing policies.

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.
  • Future of the Middle Class Initiative: The goal of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative is to improve the quality of life of America’s middle class and to increase the number of people rising to join its ranks. Through independent, non-partisan analysis and policy development, we seek to advance public understanding of challenges facing the middle class and barriers to upward mobility.
  • The Future of Children A collaboration of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution.
  • 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

  • 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.
Get daily updates from Brookings