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The Center for Public Policy Research

The Center for Public Policy Research is a multi-disciplinary research center that balances academic research with applied work. The Center currently has three program areas: Health Policy, Public Finance, and Education. The Public Policy program funds post-doctoral positions in each of its three focus areas.

Health Policy

Harnessing the expertise of the Health Policy Working Group, with the goal of producing interdisciplinary research that addresses critical healthcare policy issues.

Public Finance

James Alm and Steven Sheffrin have conducted extensive research on taxation issues related to compliance, fairness, and national and state tax policies.


The Murphy Institute expanded the Center for Public Policy Research with the addition of an Education Research Program, an excellent complement to the Center's other program areas.

Seed Grants

In order to bring more on-campus recognition to the new Center for Public Policy Research and encourage interdisciplinary connections, we created a seed grant program to promote extramural research in either political economy or public policy.

Atlanta Research Data Center

The Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (RDCs) are secure computing labs where qualified researchers can conduct approved statistical analysis on non-public data from many major government agencies. Tulane officially joined the consortium of the Atlanta RDC, the closest RDC to New Orleans, in January 2018.

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The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.