The Maxwell School Center for Policy Research (CPR) conducts a broad range of interdisciplinary research and other activities related to public policy, involving graduate students as assistants and junior colleagues. Faculty consult regularly with government agencies and other institutions concerned with the issues they are studying.

CPR includes faculty from several departments within the Maxwell School, mainly Economics, Public Administration and International Affairs, and Sociology. The Center accommodates roughly 75 faculty, staff, and graduate students on the fourth floor of Eggers Hall.

Econometrics Methodology
Econometrics aims to give empirical content to economic relationships. The three key ingredients are economic theory, economic data, and statistical methods. Their union is the key for success in the future development of econometrics.

Health Studies
CPR’s research encompasses a wide range of activities in health care management, health care finance, home and community-based care, non-profit governance, and health economics.  


Research  looks at children of immigrants, bilingualism, and educational inequalities; impact that school/peer characteristics have on  immediate and long-run academic performance; effect of changes in school racial composition on neighborhood, and housing prices; entry/degree attainment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by race/ethnicity, gender; international education; effect of school food policies on  obesity; and Say Yes to Education program.  


Public Finance
CPR continues its longstanding focus on the evaluation of city and state government fiscal management and performance. Recent efforts have analyzed state tax structures and guided tax reforms. Other projects have addressed intergovernmental grants, municipal bond rating and credit analysis, measures of city fiscal conditions, property tax reform, and education finance.


Education Finance and Policy (EFAP)
EFAP promotes research, education, and debate fundamental issues in the system of elementary/ secondary education in the United States. The focus of the program is on the tax and state aid programs that fund this system and on policies to promote efficiency and accountability in school districts. EFAP also sponsors research and debate on other issues related to elementary and secondary education.


Social Welfare, Poverty & Income Security
Topics of research include policies involving government disability benefits programs, particularly benefits to low-income children with health problems; low-income families, and the choices made by adolescents, and public policies designed to assist this population. Current research in conjunction with countries outside the United States includes international displacement, state-building, and criminal networks.


Energy and Environmental Policy
This research has both a local and global impact and involves complex issues such as climate change; energy technology, development and innovation; environmental economics; and the impact of environmental change on economic growth, international trade, and industry.

Urban & Regional Studies
Topics encompass state economic development, ways to nurture and reward entrepreneurial innovation, the determinants of industry location, and city growth, as well as the impact of mortgage borrowing constraints on home ownership opportunities.