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Research Programs

All NBER researchers have a primary affiliation in one of 20 research programs. Each program is led by a director or codirectors who shape the group’s research agenda by organizing conferences and overseeing the selection of new affiliates. Most issues of the quarterly NBER Reporter include a detailed report on one program’s recent activities. Several of the most recent program reports are featured below.

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The rise of the US health-care sector over the past several decades has been remarkable. As Figure 1 shows, in 1970, the country devoted slightly more than 6...
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Over the last decade, research in the Economic Fluctuations and Growth (EFG) Program has responded to important macroeconomic challenges. This report...
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The enterprise of education has a supply side, where institutions produce education, and an investment side, where people acquire education. I say an "...

Research Projects

The NBER hosts a wide array of research projects, ranging from short-duration single-investigator research grants to multi-investigator projects that span many years. Some of the larger projects are organized as centers, study groups, or working groups. These administrative structures help to coordinate the activities of multiple research studies that explore related questions.

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The NBER Center for Aging and Health Research has three primary aims. The first is to coordinate research on health and...
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The NBER Retirement and Disability Research Center is one of four Centers funded by a cooperative agreement with the...
GDP to RnD
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Science of Science Funding is an NBER initiative, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which seeks to improve...
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