In 2019, we reached new milestones, launching new websites for both BFI and BFI-China, hosting creative events, continuing to grow our support for groundbreaking research, and increasing our reach and impact. Below, we’ve collected just a few highlights from the year.



Exciting New Program

Thanks to a generous new gift from the Saieh Family Fund, BFI launched the Saieh Family Fellows in Economics program in order to bring together leading, early-career economists to take part in UChicago’s field-defining approach to economic scholarship. Learn More ›

Global Research Partnerships and Projects

The Tsinghua University – University of Chicago Joint Research Center for Economics and Finance launched its inaugural call for research proposals, which will result in innovative research on the Chinese economy. Learn More ›

The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) announced the first research grants for energy and environmental research in China. Learn More ›

The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD) announced new research projects for 2019-20, continuing TCD’s work of connecting world class research at UChicago to impact in India. Learn More ›

Event Highlights

From conversations with leading voices in government and academia to a panel discussion featuring the latest Nobel laureate in economics, BFI hosted a robust slate of events last year. Below are just a few highlights. You can browse all our events from 2019 here.



2019 Trends

Most Viewed Working Papers

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?
Michael Greenstone and Ishan Nath
Featured in: Axios and E&E News

The Production, Relocation, and Price Effects of US Trade Policy: The Case of Washing Machines
Aaron Flaaen, Ali Hortaçsu, and Felix Tintelnot 
Featured in: The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more…

A Cross-Cohort Analysis of Human Capital Specialization and the College Gender Wage Gap
Carolyn Sloane, Erik Hurst, and Dan Black
Featured in: CNBC and Wall Street Journal

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Most Viewed Research Briefs

The End of the American Dream? Inequality and Segregation in US Cities
Based on Research by Veronica Guerrieri and Alessandra Fogli

The Industrial Revolution in Services
Based on Research by Chang-Tai Hsieh and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Consumer Surplus of Alternative Payment Methods: Paying Uber with Cash
Based on Research by Fernando Alvarez and David Argente

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