Research Centers and Programs

Center for Economic Research

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CER houses interdisciplinary research led by Department of Economics faculty in partnership with researchers from other GW departments, other universities and private research institutions in the Washington, D.C., area. Current topics include macroeconomic and microeconomic theory, monetary theory and policy, public finance, health economics, regional and urban economics, benefit/cost analysis and much more.

The center also sponsors conferences, meetings and a discussion paper series that promote research efforts and publicize research activities to the wider university community.


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H.O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting

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Housed in the Center for Economic Research, the H.O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting supports research, teaching and dissertation supervision in forecasting. The current research interests of program members include a wide range of studies on the methodology of forecasting and forecast evaluation as well as preparation of macroeconomic and microeconomic forecasts. In addition, program members have supervised dissertations that focus on the theory and application of forecasting.

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Center for Washington Area Studies

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The Center for Washington Area Studies aims to improve the lives of people in greater Washington area by studying the neighborhoods and communities of the region. The Center expands the frontier of urban research by creating and interpreting policy-relevant research focusing on real estate, the built environment, local government, and urban transportation.

The Center convenes events on policy issues, produce research that provides policy insight, and provide data and tools to enhance policy analysis.


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Institute for African Studies

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The Institute for African Studies is an interdisciplinary hub that connects students, faculty and researchers who share an interest in Africa and provides a platform for robust and inclusive discussion on African and its place in the global affairs.

Their purpose is to deepen public and scholarly knowledge of Africa and create opportunities for students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from a broad spectrum of disciplines to learn, research and share knowledge related to Africa.

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Institute for International Economic Policy

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The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), which is located within the Elliott School of International Affairs, serves as a catalyst for high quality, multi-disciplinary, and non-partisan research on policy issues surrounding economic globalization. The Institute research program helps develop effective policy options and academic analysis in a time of growing controversies about international economic integration in many countries around the world. The institute’s work also encompasses policy responses for those who face continued poverty and financial crises despite worldwide economic growth. Affiliated faculty have appointments in the departments of economics, history, and political science as well as the public health, law, and business schools.

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Institute for International Science and Technology Policy

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Through major international conferences and seminars, the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government officials, and industry leaders on science and technology related issues.

While collaborating with international research institutes and agencies, IISTP conducts cutting-edge research on policy issues that affect science and technology around the world and serves as an important vehicles for international scholars to bring their ideas to Washington, DC. Institute faculty, who teach the Elliott School’s MA program in International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), bring extensive expertise and experience in research, policy, and practice to students who will use the knowledge they gain to shape future policies across the globe. IISTP also collaborates closely with its “sister institute” here at the Elliott School, the Space Policy Institute (SPI), which also supports the MA in International Science and Technology Policy.

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