In its inaugural phase, the Tobin Center is building a set of research programs that speak to central domestic economic policy concerns. Example policy areas include the following:
Studying the functioning of hospital and insurance markets, analyzing drivers of variation and growth in US health care spending, and investigating the growth in the pricing of pharmaceutical products
Economics of Education
Studying the returns to educational decisions, how these returns depend on prior experience and the multidimensional human capital, and how educational decisions can be influenced by policy.
Socioeconomic Mobility and the Dynamics of Poverty
Studying institutions and policies shaping low-income households’ interactions with markets for labor, housing, credit, and education.
Competition and the New Digital Economy
Studying imperfectly competitive markets and antitrust policy, including a focus on the workings and regulation of new digital markets and platforms.