Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Economic Institutions, Behavior and Performance

This program supports research on the structure, behavior, and performance of the U.S. economy with the goal of providing objective and nonpartisan insights that can inform and strengthen critical decisions facing leaders, policymakers, and the public.

Grantmaking is divided into four thematic sub-programs.

  • Economic Implications of the Great Recession
    Projects in this sub-program study markets and governments, specifically with regard to lessons we can draw from the recent financial crisis and Great Recession. Appropriate research topics include systemic stability; international regulatory coordination; risk measurement, capital requirements, and credit ratings; labor market recovery rates and liquidity; dataset and model development concerning labor trends 
  • Behavioral Economics and Household Finance 
    Projects in this sub-program study individuals and households, specifically with regard to the quality of their economic decision-making. Appropriate research topics include the annuity paradox; the energy efficiency paradox; insurance markets; risk-taking, savings, and personal bankruptcy; cognitive biases; public understanding of economics and markets for financial advice. 
  • Economic Analysis of Science and Technology
    Projects in this sub-program study universities and groundbreaking industries, specifically regarding human capital development and applications of information technology. Appropriate research topics include labor markets for scientists and engineers; high-skilled immigration; patterns of scientific publication, collaboration, and intellectual property protection; the economics of digitization; and the international distribution of returns on high-tech investments.
  • Empirical Economic Research Enablers
    Projects in this sub-program study economic researchers, specifically with regard to their needs, opportunities, incentives, and professional practices. Appropriate research topics include legal entity identifiers; data citation standards; identification and tracking systems for scholars; federal statistics; smart disclosure platforms for obfuscated markets; data and metadata management protocols; the replicability of empirical research; and the economics of knowledge contribution and distribution.

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Program Director:
Daniel Goroff Bio
Gail Pesyna Bio