Centre for Economic Policy Research

This article is about the European economic research network. For the liberal US think tank, see Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Centre for Economic Policy Research
Formation 26 May 1983 (1983-05-26)
Founder Richard Portes
Legal status Registered charity
Purpose "A Think-Net"
Headquarters London
Coordinates 51°31′27.7176″N 0°5′55.0140″W / 51.524366000°N 0.098615000°W / 51.524366000; -0.098615000Coordinates: 51°31′27.7176″N 0°5′55.0140″W / 51.524366000°N 0.098615000°W / 51.524366000; -0.098615000
Fields European economics
Research Director
Richard Baldwin
Key people
Dr Tessa Ogden
Richard Baldwin
£3,179,298 (2012-2013)
Expenses £3,345,054 (2012-2013)
Network of 1000+ researchers across Europe
Mission To promote research excellence and policy relevance in European economics
Website www.cepr.org
Partly funded by corporate members, mostly banks

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a registered European charity founded in 1983 by Richard Portes,[1] FBA, CBE, is a network of over 1000 researchers based mainly in universities throughout Europe, who collaborate through the centre in research and its dissemination. CEPR's office is located in London but CEPR is a Think-Net[2] drawing on academic research across Europe.


The Centre's mission is to promote research excellence and policy relevance in European economics.[3] The CEPR network consists of over 900 Research Fellows and Affiliates[4] based in over 237 different institutions in 28 countries (90% in the European Union). Because it draws on such a large network of researchers, CEPR is able to produce a wide range of research that reflects a broad spectrum of individual viewpoints and perspectives.


The Centre is partly funded by corporate members, mostly banks.[5] These institutions receive special benefits by obtaining different levels of membership.[6] The Centre's annual return in 2013 stated that it had an income for the financial year 2012-2013 of £3,179,298 and an expenditure of £3,345,054.[7]

Discussion papers

The Centre disseminates its research in the first instance through the CEPR Discussion Paper Series, in which it publishes almost 700 papers annually. As of April 2013, the CEPR series is ranked ninth among all economics working paper series and journals in terms of total downloads, according to the RePEc database.[8]


VoxEU.org is an online information policy portal set up by CEPR in conjunction with a consortium of other European sites, including the Italian site LaVoce[9] (which provided inspiration for the idea and help from the start), the French site Telos,[10] the Spanish site Sociedad Abierta, and the German Ökonomenstimme.[11] Vox aims to enrich the economic policy debate in Europe and beyond.

Vox aims to promote research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars. The intended audience is economists in governments, international organisations, academia and the private sector as well as journalists specializing in economics, finance and business. The main editors are leading European economists and economic journalists including: Richard Baldwin, Tito Boeri, Juan Dolado, Romesh Vaitilingam, and Charles Wyplosz.

Felix Salmon discusses VoxEU and the difference between blogs and policy portals. and Clive Crook in his blog discusses Vox's contribution to policy debates,[12]


  1. "Details" (pdf). July 2008.
  2. "Think-Net concept" (PDF). Cepr.org. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  3. Kirman, Alan; Dahl, Mogens (April 1994). "Economic research in Europe". European Economic Review. Elsevier. 38 (3-4): 505–522. doi:10.1016/0014-2921(94)90087-6.
  4. "Research Fellows and Affiliates". Cepr.org. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  5. "Supporters of CEPR". Cepr.org. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  6. "Corporate Membership". Cepr.org. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  7. "The Centre for Economic Policy Research". Charity Commission. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. "LogEc Toplisting". Logec.repec.org. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  9. "Economia, Finanza, Politica, Lavoro" (in Italian). Lavoce.info. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  10. "Telos" (in French). Telos-eu.com. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  11. "Ökonomenstimme: Home" (in German). Oekonomenstimme.org. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  12. "All praise Vox, July 24, 2008". Clivecrook.theatlantic.com. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.

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