About The Center

About the Center

Under the new directorship of Luigi Zingales the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago aims at promoting and diffusing research on regulatory capture and the various distortions that special interest groups impose on capitalism.

To carry out its mission, the Stigler Center supports research by faculty at the University of Chicago and visiting scholars from other academic institutions. The Center publishes a Working Paper series, and promotes the dissemination of this research to a wider audience via conferences and lectures. Examples of research conducted by the Center include:

  • how a market mechanism would increase organ transplants
  • the inefficiencies in the Japanese banking system
  • whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should further streamline the drug approval process
  • the effect of suicide bombings on the willingness of individuals to ride mass transit

George Stigler founded the Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago in 1977. From its inception, the Center has been a joint enterprise of economists and legal scholars at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Department of Economics, and the Law School. The Center was renamed in George Stigler’s memory after his death in 1991.