Research Centers

James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality

created to serve as a research hub for campus and beyond, enabling UC Berkeley’s world-leading scholars to deepen our understanding of the inequality in society and formulate new approaches to address the challenge of creating a more equitable society. The Center serves as the primary convening point at UC Berkeley for research, teaching and data development concerning the causes, nature, and consequences of wealth and income inequalities with a special emphasis on the concentration of wealth at the very top. 

Econometrics Laboratory

Dedicated to education and research in the field of computationally intensive econometrics, utilizing and advancing state-of-the-art methods, software, and hardware. The EML also maintains ELSA, the Econometrics Laboratory Software Archive.

Center for Risk Management Research

Supports research on quantitative methods to measure and control risk in financial and commodities markets, and the extension of these quantitative methods to other contexts.

Center for Effective Global Action

CEGA is a hub for research on global development. Using rigorous evaluations, tools from data science, and new measurement technologies to assess the impacts of large-scale social and economic development programs, CEGA ensures that the scientific evidence we produce improves the lives of people living in poverty.

Center for Regulatory Policy

Dedicated to faculty and graduate student research in regulation; to launch students into careers in regulation, through training and project experience; to provide for interaction and mutual learning among people at regulated firms, government agencies, and the University.

Center for Labor Economics

Dedicated to innovative research on labor market and social program issues by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Economics and in related Departments such as Agricultural Economics, Business, and Public Policy.

Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Dedicated to research in tax policy and public finance, dissemination of this research to the academic and tax policy communities, and stimulation of informed discussion of tax policies of national significance.

Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging

Supports research on the economic and demographic aspects of aging, including the biodemography of aging; demographic and fiscal projections; health, disability and mortality; behavioral and experimental economics; life cycle planning and intergenerational transfers; and labor supply.

Center for Equitable Growth

Supports research toward achieving economic growth that is widely and fairly distributed. It funds Berkeley Faculty and graduate student research on topics of equitable growth, and hosts visiting scholars pursuing research projects in areas of equitable growth.

Berkeley Economic History Laboratory (BEHL)

BEHL provides a platform for research in economic history, with a focus on theoretically informed, empirically rigorous historical analysis. Resources and activities center on the training of aspiring economic historians in policy-relevant research and the introduction of an historical dimension to research in other subfields.

Experimental Social Science Laboratory (Xlab)

The Xlab is an interdisciplinary facility for conducting experiment-based investigations of issues of interest to social scientists.

Initiative in Behavioral Economics and Finance

There is a current initiative to create a Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Finance Center.  Contact Professor Ulrike Malmendier and Stefano DellaVigna for details.

Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

To promote path-breaking scholarly research, enhance teaching in the area of international trade, macroeconomics and finance and contribute to the policy dialogue on these issues.  

Opportunity Lab

The O-Lab serves as the central research hub for Berkeley scholars conducting rigorous, data-driven research on social and economic inequality in the United States, leveraging a network of faculty and graduate students united by a commitment to rigorous methods and a focus on producing high-quality and policy-relevant research on the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality.