|Formation||26 May 1983|
|Legal status||Registered charity|
|Purpose||To conduct research on issues affecting the European economy and disseminate findings to the private and policy sectors.|
|Beatrice Weder di Mauro|
|Esther Ogden |
|Network of 1300+ researchers across Europe|
|Partly funded by corporate members, mostly banks|
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) is a network of over 1300 researchers who are based mainly in universities throughout Europe and collaborate through CEPR in research and its dissemination. It is a registered, UK charity founded in 1983 by Richard Portes, FBA, CBE. CEPR's office is located in London.
The Centre's mission is to promote research excellence and policy relevance in European economics. The CEPR network consists of over 1300 Research Fellows and Affiliates based in over 330 different institutions in 30 countries (50% 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 financially supported by a large number of central banks, private financial institutions, and international organisations. These institutional sponsors receive special benefits by obtaining different levels of membership. The Centre's annual return in 2013 stated that it had an income for the financial year 2012-2013 of £3,179,298 and an expenditure of £3,345,054.
The Centre disseminates its research in the first instance through the CEPR Discussion Paper Series, in which it publishes 870 papers annually. As of November 2018, the CEPR series is ranked fifth among all economics working paper series and journals in terms of total downloads, according to the RePEc database.
VoxEU.org is the policy portal set up by CEPR in conjunction with a consortium of other European sites, including the Italian site LaVoce (which provided inspiration for the idea and help from the start), the French site Telos, the Spanish site Sociedad Abierta, and the German Ökonomenstimme. VoxEU's stated aim is to "enrich the economic policy debate in Europe and beyond."
VoxEU promotes research-based policy analysis and commentary by "leading economists." The intended audience includes economists in governments, international organisations, academia, and the private sector, as well as journalists specializing in economics, finance, and business. The main editors are European economists and economic journalists, including: Richard Baldwin, Tito Boeri, Juan Dolado, Romesh Vaitilingam, and Charles Wyplosz.
Clive Crook in his blog discusses favorably Vox's contribution to policy debates.
CEPR organises a number of events throughout the year. These can range from open conferences to which anyone can attend, to CEPR members-only meetings.