The Tobin Center
The United States is home to the world’s greatest universities, yet this unique American asset is an underutilized resource in answering pressing policy questions. New availability of large data sets and advances in analytics make it more promising than ever to deploy the unique talents of economists and social scientists to surface insights that can improve policy. Driven by this opportunity, the Tobin Center will work with partners across academia, policy and journalism to advance policies that measurably improve results for people and the country.
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.
With an emphasis on relevant, non-partisan and practical solutions, the center funds and supports data-driven, policy-relevant research. A new enterprise at Yale, the Tobin Center is prototyping new ways to mobilize and support economists and other social scientists towards pressing domestic policy needs.
We also seek to remove common barriers to policy-relevant work, assisting with acquisition of critical data and provision of analytic research support, research assistance and junior scholars.
In addition, the Center will advance research-based policy concepts in the public debate and the policy arena. We engage with policymakers and the media, offering both strategic counsel and direct support on core projects.
In its inaugural phase, and before the opening of its new building at Yale, the Tobin Center emphasizes critical policy priorities where research-driven policy can have near-term impact, these include: Health Economics, Mobility and Opportunity, Early Childhood, Education, Digital Markets, and Evidence-Based Policy.
“In the social sciences, we are emphasizing the importance of using empirical approaches and data-driven research to tackle global issues, such as crime, extremism, health care, inequality, and migration. Right now, in the information age, social scientists have unprecedented access to data. By developing tools to analyze the data available, we can inform public policy issues by providing facts, not intuitions or anecdotes.”
- Yale President Peter Salovey