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May 9, 2016

Grant Miller, a SIEPR senior fellow and director of the Stanford Center for International Development, investigates how a change in laws affected women's contraceptive use.

April 20, 2016

Working with economists and computer scientists, SIEPR Senior Fellow Paul Milgrom developed a first-of-its kind system to help the FCC make more broadband spectrum available for mobile devices.

April 15, 2016

In a blunt, sometimes funny speech delivered in accepting the SIEPR Prize for her contributions to economic policy, Alice Rivlin let loose on the political gridlock she says is keeping the American economy from reaching its fullest potential.

April 14, 2016

Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues.

April 8, 2016

SIEPR Senior Fellow Raj Chetty found that the link between income and life expectancy varies from one area to another within the United States. His new study also shows the gap between the country's rich and poor widened during the 2000s.


April 7, 2016

As the topic of income inequality reverberates across America, Raj Chetty’s research is helping ground the political rhetoric.

Chetty’s work puts inequality and social mobility under a microscope and traces their roots and consequences. And he is making an impact in the worlds of academia...

March 28, 2016

The daylong event showcased a wide range of perspectives on topics like inequality, energy and productivity. We even drilled into the business of professional basketball.

March 18, 2016

SIEPR Senior Fellow Alison Morantz finds company costs drop by about 44 percent when they replace workers’ compensation with private plans for job-related injuries and illnesses.

March 15, 2016

A renowned economist and pediatrician come together to discuss the need to prepare for crises like Ebola and Zika.

March 8, 2016

Marshall Burke, a SIEPR faculty fellow, is studying how rising temperatures impact global output.

February 11, 2016

One of our graduate student fellows finds new applications for old lessons learned in the wake of World War II.

February 3, 2016

Climate change experts gathered at SIEPR to discuss ramifications of the historic accord reached in December.


January 29, 2016

Stanford economist and SIEPR Senior Fellow Raj Chetty finds that boys who grow up poor are less likely to work than girls who grow up poor.

January 15, 2016

SIEPR welcomes applications for research assistant positions. We currently have three openings for the spring and summer quarters.

January 13, 2016

Rivlin is the fourth recipient of the $100,000 biennial prize, awarded by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. She was cited for her dedication to enhancing economic policy in order to improve people's lives.

January 7, 2016
It’s easy for Indian farmers to get the credit they need to buy seeds and fertilizer. But those loans aren’t doing much to lift them out of poverty. Researcher Anjini Kochar examined the problem on a recent trip to India.
January 7, 2016

When it comes to evaluating a country’s economic welfare, Pete Klenow suggests looking beyond how much people are producing and buying. You should also see how good their lives really are.

January 6, 2016

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom shows there’s more to the income disparity story than the fat salaries of American CEOs.

December 17, 2015

HIV/AIDS is the number one cause of death in Kenya, and the country’s teen pregnancy rates are more than double the global average. SIEPR Senior Fellow Pascaline Dupas is trying to understand which policies may work best to curb the problems.

December 2, 2015

Lael Brainard spells out the “new normal” in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

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November 16, 2015

Peter Orszag answers the political threats to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a clear message: No matter the outcome on Election Day, the law is here to stay.

November 16, 2015

Mark Duggan’s years of academic research have translated into ideas for policy reforms. After his third testimony before Congress on SSDI, the director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research can point to the influence of his work.

September 30, 2015

The Best Young French Economist Prize is awarded annually by the French newspaper Le Monde and the French think tank Cercle des Économistes. Since its creation fifteen years ago, the prize honors academic excellence, innovation capacity and participation in the public discourse.

September 24, 2015

In the developing world, regulatory institutions can be weak and as a consequence much economic activity takes place outside the formal marketplace. There may be no clear procedures for awarding government contracts.

September 24, 2015

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Agustina Paglayan grew up wondering what went wrong in a country that was once among the wealthiest in the world. The problem, she suspected, was rooted in politics and in the choice of policies that harmed the country’s long-term prospects.

September 23, 2015

Grade inflation is a hot topic in education circles. An A was once a mark of distinction. Now, at many schools, it’s the new normal. What’s not clear though is what the effects of this practice might be.

September 16, 2015

Shortly after Joe Orsini arrived at Stanford as a graduate student in economics, he took a class on industrial organization. Orsini made a beeline for the most compelling, most controversial option he could find — health insurance.

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September 6, 2015

Many economists have studied how reducing international trade barriers can benefit developing countries. Stanford associate professor of economics and SIEPR Senior Fellow Dave Donaldson also wants to understand internal trade barriers—things, like bad roads, that raise the cost of bringing goods...

September 6, 2015

Conner is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in International and National Security Policy. This summer, Conner worked with Dr. Condoleezza Rice doing research on democratic transitions in the Middle East. In addition to his research, Conner trained daily with the Stanford...