Centre for Economic Policy Research

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This article is about the European economic research network. For the liberal US think tank, see Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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 700 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 750 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 get special benefits by obtaining "silver", "gold" and "platinum" memberships.[6]

Discussion papers[edit]

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 seventh among all economics working paper series and journals in terms of total downloads, according to the RePEc database.[7]


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[8] (which provided inspiration for the idea and help from the start), the French site Telos,[9] the Spanish site Sociedad Abierta, and the German Ökonomenstimme.[10] 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,[11]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Think-Net concept" (PDF). Cepr.org. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  3. ^ Kirman, Alan & Dahl, Mogens (1994). Economic research in Europe. European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 38(3-4), pages 505-522, April. 
  4. ^ "Research Fellows and Affiliates". Cepr.org. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Supporters of CEPR". Cepr.org. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Corporate Membership". Cepr.org. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  7. ^ "LogEc Toplisting". Logec.repec.org. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  8. ^ "Economia, Finanza, Politica, Lavoro" (in Italian). Lavoce.info. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Telos" (in French). Telos-eu.com. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  10. ^ "Ökonomenstimme: Home" (in German). Oekonomenstimme.org. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  11. ^ "All praise Vox, July 24, 2008". Clivecrook.theatlantic.com. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 

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