Projects in this sub-program study interactions between the financial sector and the real economy, specifically the role of banks, regulators, and other institutions. Research topics include financial frictions; heterogenous agents; intermediation; transaction costs; asymmetric information; regulatory coordination; risk measurement, capital requirements; credit ratings; interbank markets;; microeconomic foundations; liquidity and default; maturity transformation; asset valuation; etc.
Projects in this sub-program study households and individuals, specifically the of role “choice architecture” on their economic decision-making. Research topics include risk-taking and insurance markets; time inconsistencies and the annuity paradox; cognitive biases; behavioral applications to policy; experimental testing of nudges or other regulatory interventions; behavioral welfare economics; obfuscated markets; consumer finance; probabilities and perceptions of extreme events; etc.
Projects in this sub-program study universities and groundbreaking industries, specifically regarding human capital development and applications of information technology. Research topics include labor markets for scientists and engineers; high-skilled immigration; patterns of scientific publication, collaboration, and intellectual property protection; the economics of digitization; and the social returns on investments in research and development.
Projects in this sub-program study economic researchers, specifically with regard to their needs, opportunities, incentives, and professional practices. Research topics include legal entity identifiers; data citation standards; identification and tracking systems for scholars; federal statistics; smart disclosure platforms for obfuscated markets; data and metadata management protocols; privacy and access to social science datasets; the replicability of empirical research; and the economics of knowledge contribution and distribution.
Can Behavioral Science Help in Flint?
National Bureau of Economic Research
Do universities react to budget cuts by enrolling more foreign students?
Towards a Semantic Language of Mathematics
University of California, Berkeley
How Wikipedia Readers Get Shortchanged by Copyright
Future of Privacy Forum
CMU Professor Alessandro Acquisti to Give Keynote at 7th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Conference
Symposium on 12/9: Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility, and Integrity in Research
- Empirical and hypothesis-driven;
- Policy-relevant, but neither “policy research” nor advocacy;
- Motivated by nonideological questions rather than preconceived answers;
- Engaged with fundamental puzzles, but using fresh approaches;
- Unbiased, statistically significant, and replicable;
- Careful about baselines, controls, confounding variables, and econometrics;
- Savvy about markets, institutions, regulation, transaction costs, behavioral biases, etc.;
- Contributors to research infrastructure, datasets, or resources for general use;
- Generators of highly cited and catalytic results in high-quality journals;
- Ultimately concerned with the quality of life in the United States.