Research Initiatives

Encouraging Creative Approaches to Respond to Emerging Issues

To generate new work that addresses knowledge gaps and important policy questions, the institute supports sustained, collaborative research initiatives, each focusing on a significant economic issue or a specific research approach. These initiatives encompass typical institute activities—research support, conferences, workshops, visiting scholars, and student involvement—but are more enduring, with greater flexibility to explore key issues in creative ways.

The Rosenfield Program in Economics, Public Policy, and Law

Several streams of innovative research on pressing social issues are supported by the Andrew and Betsy Rosenfield Program in Economics, Public Policy, and Law. This program provides the institute with vital resources to pursue evidence-based research on fundamental problems in the areas of economics, law, and policy, and particularly in Chicago Price Theory—some of the most influential intellectual traditions at the University.

The program and other research initiatives help prepare young scholars to work in these productive traditions.

Studying economic behavior in everyday settings

Exploring economic decisions and changing patterns in family life

Assessing the true costs and impact of fiscal policies

Foundational Research on Health Care Markets and Policies

Measuring the impact of human capital investment on macroeconomic performance, income, and inequality

Understanding how firms, industries, and economic sectors are structured and make decisions

Applying economic analysis to broad-ranging areas of law

Probing how financial market activity affects the broader economy

Examining the role of prices, markets, and incentives in a wide range of choices

Deepen understanding of how policy uncertainty affects investment and growth, asset prices, labor markets and the resulting consequences for federal deficits and long-term fiscal challenges.