Milken Institute

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The Milken Institute
Formation1991; 32 years ago (1991)
TypeEconomic Think tank
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California, United States
Region served
LeaderMichael Milken (Founder and Chairman)
Michael Klowden (CEO)
Revenue (2016)
Expenses (2016)$42,559,621[1]

The Milken Institute is an independent economic think tank based in Santa Monica, California with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Miami,[2] London,[3] Abu Dhabi, and Singapore. It publishes research and hosts conferences that apply market-based principles and financial innovations to social issues in the US and internationally. The institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and presents itself as nonpartisan and non-ideological.


The institute was founded in 1991 by Michael Milken, a former Drexel Burnham Lambert banker who gained notoriety for significant financial success as a pioneer of "junk bonds" as well as his subsequent felony conviction and prison sentence for U.S. securities law violations.[4][5]


The institute has published studies relating to human capital, access to capital, financial structures and innovations, regional economics, healthcare economics and medical research. It hosts a series of conferences including two annual conferences, a variety of financial innovation labs and a series of forums and private events. The Milken Institute Global Conference, first held in 1998, is an annual forum focused on economic and social issues. Speakers include figures from business, finance, government, education and sports. The institute also hosts an annual State of the State Conference, which examines major issues facing the state of California.

The institute operates a series of centers focused on particular economic and health related topics. The centers are the: Asia Center,[6] Center for Advancing the American Dream,[7] Center for Regional Economics,[8] FasterCures,[9] Center for Financial Markets,[10] Center for the Future of Aging,[11] Center for Public Health,[12] and Center for Strategic Philanthropy.[13]

Notable reports include:

  • American Dream Prosperity Index[7][14]
  • Best-Performing Cities[15]
  • Best-Performing Cities China[16]
  • Global Opportunity Index[17]
  • Advancing Tech Enable Health and Home Care[18]
  • Health Literacy in the United States: Enhancing Assessments and Reducing Disparities[19]

Tax policy[edit]

The institute has held several events regarding opportunity zones created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In May 2018, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin instructed his staff to accept a non-low-income tract in Storey County, Nevada as an Opportunity Zone shortly after attending an Institute event in Beverly Hills with Michael Milken.[20] Milken was already an investor in the Nevada tract.[20] In August 2018, Mnuchin attended an Institute conference on opportunity zones in the Hamptons with Milken and later accepted a flight to Los Angeles with Milken on his private jet.[20] Treasury later issued a regulatory guidance at the institute's request that allows prior investors to benefit from newly designated opportunity zones.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Milken Institute" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Milken Institute Expands Presence into South Florida". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  3. ^ "Milken Institute Looks to Grow Presence in Europe and the UK". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  4. ^ "Michael Milken legacy in dispute, pardon or not. Category: Page One from The Berkeley Daily Planet - Monday January 22, 2001". 2010-07-18. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  5. ^ SEC government newsletter of April 24, 1990
  6. ^ "Asia Center".
  7. ^ a b "Asia Center".
  8. ^ "The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream".
  9. ^ "FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute".
  10. ^ "Center for Financial Markets".
  11. ^ "Center for the Future of Aging".
  12. ^ "Public Health » Milken Institute".
  13. ^ "Center for Strategic Philanthropy".
  14. ^ Steverman, Ben (2 November 2022). "New 'Prosperity Index' Ranks US States on More Than Just Money". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  15. ^ "Best-Performing Cities 2022".
  16. ^ "Best-Performing Cities China 2021". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  17. ^ "Global Opportunity Index 2022: Focus on Emerging Southeast Asia". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  18. ^ "Advancing Tech-Enabled Health and Home Care". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  19. ^ "US Health Literacy: Enhancing Assessments and Reducing Disparities". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  20. ^ a b c d Lipton, Eric; Drucker, Jesse (27 October 2019). "Symbol of '80s Greed Stands to Profit From Trump Tax Break for Poor Areas". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 1 November 2019.

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