The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics is funded by the University of Chicago and gifts and grants from individuals and foundations.
The institute and the University as a whole are committed to free and open inquiry. We focus on important issues in a substantive, scholarly, and nonpartisan manner, confronting important economic questions without pre-ordained answers.
Our activities shed light on current and proposed policies, but they are not limited to any particular policy or solution. We continually explore the quality of the evidence required to support findings and conclusions. Faculty researchers determine the topics and the focus of research, and follow data to the conclusions it supports.
Our donors may choose the general areas of inquiry and the types of research activity they wish to support, but have no influence over the findings.