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.