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Giving Priorities

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The following comprises our current giving priorities:

The SIEPR Fund

The most valuable gift to SIEPR is one that gives us maximum flexibility to advance strategic priorities, meet urgent needs, or respond to extraordinary and interesting opportunities. Gifts to these funds have been used, for example, to provide short-term support for programs for students, to support faculty research, and to convene thought-leaders and decision-makers around critical issues at our events.

Research Areas

Our faculty contributes to research that shapes policies on numerous pressing economic issues, with an elevated focus on health, inequality, innovation, and money and finance. Contributions to a specific focal area support the faculty, visitors, and students leading the research in addition to expanding their knowledge and network through conferences, courses, and events.

California Policy Research Initiative

Our location in California makes SIEPR optimally positioned to generate research that will be most useful to regional and state policymakers. SIEPR’s faculty affiliates have research experience and connections throughout California. Rebecca Diamond, Mark Duggan, Josh Rauh, and Maya Rossin-Slater are just a sampling of SIEPR faculty who have generated recent research on California policies. Additionally, SIEPR Senior Fellow Susan Athey is a member of Governor Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors, on which other SIEPR faculty have served in the past.

Next Generation Programs

We inspire and cultivate the next generation of economic policy scholars, government officials, civic leaders, and engaged citizens through the following programs.

  • Our Undergraduate Research Assistant program engages 80 students each year to collect and analyze data for our academics while receiving invaluable hands-on experience in economics.
  • Our Predoctoral Research Fellows program provides a bridge between college and graduate school to explore advanced degrees and careers in economics, public policy, or related disciplines. Twenty students accelerate research, enroll in graduate courses, attend field-specific seminars, and build their networks.
  • Graduate fellowships are awarded to the top students writing dissertations that inform important economic policy questions and allow students to dedicate the last year of their studies to complete their dissertation research. This support frees them from teaching and departmental obligations as they navigate the academic job market.
  • Our Young Scholars program offers up to 10 emerging scholars a one- to a two-year residence at SIEPR to advance their research agendas and interact and collaborate with our scholars.

We invite you to engage with us by supporting our research and inspiring and cultivating the next generation of scholars.

In recognition of your contribution, you will receive policy research updates and invitations to our events, highlighting our research and including robust discussions amongst our SIEPR network.

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More Information

For more information about making a gift to SIEPR, please contact Director of Development Joey Knight at or 650.724.0606.