Centre for Economic Policy Research
Location in London
Formation26 May 1983; 37 years ago (1983-05-26)[1]
FounderRichard Portes
Legal statusRegistered charity
PurposeTo conduct research on issues affecting the European economy and disseminate findings to the private and policy sectors.[2]
Coordinates51°31′27.7176″N 0°5′55.0140″W / 51.524366000°N 0.098615000°W / 51.524366000; -0.098615000Coordinates: 51°31′27.7176″N 0°5′55.0140″W / 51.524366000°N 0.098615000°W / 51.524366000; -0.098615000
FieldsEuropean economics
Official language
Beatrice Weder di Mauro
Key people
Dr Esther Ogden
Richard Baldwin
(VoxEU Editor-in-Chief)
£3,179,298 (2012-2013)
Expenses£3,345,054 (2012-2013)
Network of 1300+ researchers across Europe
Partly funded by corporate members, mostly banks

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) is a network of researchers who focus on economic policy research and its dissemination.[3] Its stated mission is to promote research excellence and policy relevance in European economics.[4] CEPR currently has more than 1300 Research Fellows and Affiliates from over 330 institutions in 30 countries (50% in the European Union). Its office is currently located in London.


CEPR was founded in 1983 by Richard Portes, FBA, CBE.[5] Economics professor Richard Baldwin served as president from 2014 to 2018, and is currently Editor-in-Chief.[6] Economics professor and businesswoman Beatrice Weder di Mauro became president in 2018.[7]


The Centre is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom. It is financially supported by a large number of central banks, private financial institutions, and international organisations.[8] These institutional sponsors receive special benefits by obtaining different levels of membership.[9] 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.[10]

Discussion papers

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.[11]


VoxEU.org is a web publication set up by CEPR to promote "research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading economists".

It was set up in June 2007 in conjunction with a consortium of other European sites, including the Italian site LaVoce[12] (which provided inspiration for the idea and help from the start), the French site Telos,[13] the Spanish site Sociedad Abierta, and the German Ökonomenstimme.[14] 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, Carol Propper, Tito Boeri, Juanjo Dolado, Romesh Vaitilingam, and Charles Wyplosz.

According to its own statement VoxEU receives about a half million page views per month.[15]

Clive Crook in his blog discusses favorably Vox's contribution to policy debates.[16]

COVID Economics

COVID Economics, Vetted and Real-Time Papers is an economics publication established in late March 2020 and published by the CEPR. It serves as an online-only forum for the rapid dissemination of research on COVID-19. Articles are published as preprints after being vetted by the publication's editors.[17]


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.[18]


  1. ^ "About CEPR". Archived from the original on 2019-06-14. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  2. ^ "Organizations and Resources Partners – Center for Security Studies". ETH Zurich. Archived from the original on 2019-06-14. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  3. ^ "Think-Net concept" (PDF). Cepr.org. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  4. ^ Kirman, Alan; Dahl, Mogens (April 1994). "Economic research in Europe". European Economic Review. 38 (3–4): 505–522. doi:10.1016/0014-2921(94)90087-6.
  5. ^ "Details" (PDF). July 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  6. ^ "Editor-in-Chief | Centre for Economic Policy Research". cepr.org. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  7. ^ "President | Centre for Economic Policy Research". cepr.org. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  8. ^ "Supporters of CEPR". Cepr.org. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Corporate Membership". Cepr.org. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  10. ^ "The Centre for Economic Policy Research". Charity Commission. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  11. ^ "LogEc Toplisting". Logec.repec.org. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Economia, Finanza, Politica, Lavoro" (in Italian). Lavoce.info. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Telos" (in French). Telos-eu.com. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Ökonomenstimme: Home" (in German). Oekonomenstimme.org. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  15. ^ "About Vox". VoxEU.org. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  16. ^ "All praise Vox, July 24, 2008". Clivecrook.theatlantic.com. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  17. ^ "Covid Economics". Centre for Economic Policy Research. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  18. ^ Events, CEPR