The formation of the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale was announced in June 2018. It serves as an important and distinctive voice for key issues in U.S. public policy and also plays a central role on the Yale campus, building on strengths of the Economics department and fostering connections with other units across the university. Named for the late James Tobin, iconic faculty member and Nobel laureate, the center advances rigorous, evidence-based research intended to define and inform policy debate.
The Tobin Center supports rigorous research that:
- offers a counterweight to pure ideology,
- bears directly on questions of public policy,
- brings together research methods from a variety of methodological perspectives, and
- is shared effectively with opinion-shapers and policymakers.
Faculty and students work together with pre- and post-doctoral fellows to conduct the center’s research. Policy work supported by the center provides an opportunity to strengthen teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Alumni, parents, and friends of the university have contributed generously to establish the center and to fund construction of a new building to house it, expected to open in 2022. In addition to an anonymous lead donor, Anita and Josh Bekenstein ’80 and Amandine and Stephen Freidheim ’86 are among the top donors who have made gifts to endow the center.
The Tobin Center is led by Steve Berry, the Jeffrey Talpins Faculty Director, and its staff includes an executive director and Rebecca Toseland, director of research support.