Beacon Hill Institute

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Beacon Hill Institute
Beacon Hill Institute (emblem).png
Abbreviation BHI
Formation 1991
Type Public Policy Think Tank
Focus State Tax Policy
Headquarters 8 Ashburton Place on Beacon Hill
Executive Director David G. Tuerck

The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) is the research arm of the Department of Economics at Suffolk University in Boston. It was founded in 1991 by businessman and Republican politician Ray Shamie. The institute, considered to be fiscally conservative,[1][2] draws on faculty and student resources to analyze issues. They distribute research to interested citizens and to opinion leaders and policy makers through various print and electronic media, including its quarterly newsletter, BHI NewsLink; policy studies; BHI FaxSheets; policy forums; opinion editorials; radio and TV interviews; and its web site.[3]

The institute describes itself as "grounded in the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets",[4] and has accepted funding from conservative foundations such as the Castle Rock Foundation (funded by the Coors family) and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.[5]

The Sawyer building at 8 Ashburton Place on Beacon Hill in Boston

BHI publications and events have been the subject of more than 1,000 reports, stories and opinion pieces in major newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Newsweek, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal and Washington Times. Coverage in the electronic media includes ABC World News Tonight, C-SPAN, CBS Evening News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio and all major Boston radio and TV stations as well as AP, UPI, Reuters, and Bloomberg wire services.[3]

David Tuerck, Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Institute, participating in a roundtable organized by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University on 30 January 2009.

A prominent academic members of the Institute is author and estate law expert Charles Rounds, Jr..

BHI specializes in the development of economic and statistical models for policy analysis. These include STAMP and LAMP, computer generalized equilibrium models, that are frequently used in BHI analysis of state and local tax policy issues. These models have been criticized by Penn Future and Alberta H. Charney, Ph.D. of Arizona University for being proprietary "black boxes" that produces "outlier" results when compared to the more commonly used IMPLAN or REMI statistical models.


  1. ^ "What They are Saying About Governor Mitt Romney". 2007-01-05. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Report calling for civilian flaggers to replace police stirs up a hornet's nest". 2004-11-21. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  3. ^ a b About Beacon Hill Institute
  4. ^ "Mission and Vision". Beacon Hill Institute. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Media's listing for the Beacon Hill Institute". Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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