The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is Stanford University’s home for understanding the economic challenges, opportunities, and policies affecting people in the United States and around the world.
Our mission is to catalyze and promote evidence-based knowledge about pressing economic issues, leading to better-informed policy solutions for generations to come.
We envision a future where policies are underpinned by sound economic principles and generate measurable improvements in the lives of all people.
Faculty are at our core. More than 100 Stanford faculty members — drawing from each of the university’s seven schools —study a vast array of economic policy-relevant areas. They work closely with other established and up-and-coming scholars from across campus, as well as the visitors we host from top universities and the policy world.
Many of our affiliates have served in government. They’ve testified on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country. They’ve advised businesses and politicians, and are routinely cited by journalists. Since our founding in 1982, we have been a nonpartisan research institute focused on understanding economic policies and committed to sharing our analyses and scholarship with academics, policymakers, business leaders, and the general public.
We offer a wide range of programs and fellowships for students, early-career scholars, visitors, and faculty. This diverse community forms our growing network of academic peers, mentors, and research collaborators. Our Policy Fellow and Media Fellow programs invite government officials and working journalists opportunities to meet and collaborate with our affiliated faculty and scholars throughout Stanford’s campus.
Our Centers and Initiatives
We are also home to several centers and initiatives that focus closely on the digital economy, China's economy, energy, and the environment, global development, and economic policy in California. These efforts are often undertaken in partnership with other Stanford institutes, allowing for an interdisciplinary approach to some of the world's most pressing economic problems.