Finding Published Research

Whether the writer’s goal is to summarize the existing knowledge, or to expand upon it with new economic analysis, most papers include an up-to-date review of past research called a “literature review.”

Most economic research published in scholarly journals or books can be identified through the EconLit database, and we strongly recommend starting your search for reference material there.  EconLit is accessible from Swem Library, under Databases, and Business and Economics.  Consult the Reference Librarians at Swem if you have any questions about obtaining research studies identified through EconLit.

In addition to appearing in published books and scholarly journals, economic research is also disseminated in the form or working papers, issue briefs, or detailed policy reports.  Various organizations publish these types of reports, including research institutes, policy research firms, and federal banks or banking commissions.  Following the links to many such places may be helpful in identifying economic research relevant to your topic.  That said, students should always seek additional clarification from their instructor on the types of sources that may be used in any particular assignment.


Research Institutes, Think Tanks, and Policy Research Companies

National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, MA)
Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England)
American Enterprise Institute (Washington, DC)
Brookings Institution (Washington, DC)
Cato Institute (Washington, DC)
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, DC)
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) (Berlin, Germany)
Economic Policy Institute (Washington, DC)
School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ)
Heritage Foundation (Washington DC)
Institute for Fiscal Studies (London, England)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) (Bonn, Germany)
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) (New York, NY)
Mathematica Policy Research (Princeton, NJ and Washington, DC)
Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) (San Francisco, CA)
RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, CA)
Resources for the Future (Washington, DC)
Russell Sage Foundation (New York, NY)
Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, NM)
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research  (Kalamazoo, MI)
Urban Institute (Washington, DC)


Central Banks and Commissions

Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
European Union
European Central Bank
Directory of Central Banks from the Bank for International Settlements