The George J. Stigler Center’s mission is to support economic research on the interaction between the private economy and the state. Knowledge of this relationship is extremely useful as there are few areas in our lives where economics or the state does not intrude.

The Stigler Center seeks to make a unique contribution to the field through the application of “Chicago-style” analysis to government institutions, policies, and regulations affecting the private economy. Examples of some of the issues confronting economic policy makers at all levels of government that the center examines include pollution regulation, corporate governance, health care, inequality, and the division between private and public enforcement of criminal law.   

The economic analysis conducted by the Stigler Center creates thought leadership on major social issues as well as intellectual frameworks for decision making by government officials responsible for the formulation of public policy in the US and around the world. Read more »

News and Announcements

The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) is a university-wide research center under the auspices of the Stigler Center, the Booth School of Business, the Department of Economics, and the Harris School of Public Policy. Stigler Center director Robert Topel serves as co-director of EPIC, together with Robert Rosner of the Department of Astrophysics and the Harris School. Read more »

30 Years After the Failure of Continental Illinois Bank: Have We Solved Too Big to Fail?

May 15, 2014
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza, Chicago

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Entrepreneurs Succeed When They Create Markets, Paypal Founder Peter Thiel Tells Overflow Audience at Booth

October 5, 2014
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Harper Center, 5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

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Annual Report

Stigler Center Annual Report

The Annual Report contains summaries of current research by center scholars. Research by the Stigler Center plays an important role in the development of public policy in the United States and around the world.
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