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SIEPR supports research centers and initiatives that facilitate cross-campus collaboration and focus on economic scholarship and policy.

Our Centers


Stanford Digital Economy Lab

The Stanford Digital Economy Lab brings together an interdisciplinary group of passionate researchers to study how digital technologies are transforming work, organizations, and the economy. Our insights help companies, policymakers, students, and professionals rise to the challenges and opportunities created by digitization.

The Lab is part of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and co-sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

Director: Erik Brynjolfsson 

Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions (SCCEI)

Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions (SCCEI)

The Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) is Stanford’s home for empirical, multidisciplinary research on China’s economy. SCCEI fosters path-breaking research, creates transformative student experiences, and advances public understanding of China’s economy and its impact on the world.

Directors: Scott Rozelle and Hongbin Li


Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC)

The Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC), a joint venture of SIEPR and the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford, uses the tools of economics, other social sciences, and natural science to examine the critical environmental and energy issues of the 21st Century. Climate change is a central focus. SEEPAC researchers study the environmental policy decisions societies make, including what energy sources to use, and how to foster sustainable economic growth, preserve the diversity of the natural world, and balance regulatory and market-based protection. SEEPAC connects basic science and policy by investigating how environmental programs affect the economy and the fabric of society. SEEPAC scholars work closely with scientists, engineers, and policymakers to come up with politically realistic, economically viable approaches to safeguarding the environment.

Director: Lawrence Goulder

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Stanford King Center on Global Development

The Stanford King Center on Global Development joins students and faculty from across the university and connects them with policymakers and business leaders committed to fighting poverty.

The center’s mission is three-fold: to support path-breaking research on global poverty and development within Stanford and beyond; to inspire students through hands-on research opportunities, fellowships, and events; and to inform policies and practices both through strategic partnerships with global policymakers and thought leaders and as well as on-campus events that foster new ideas and university-wide collaborations.

Directors: Jessica Leino and Pascaline Dupas 


Our Initiatives

California Policy Research Initiative (CAPRI)

The California Policy Research Initiative (CAPRI) at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is intended to help state and local officials access policy-relevant research from Stanford, and help Stanford researchers ground their work in the California context.

Directors: Frank Wolak and Preeti Hehmeyer