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The Center for Public Policy Research

The Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is a multi-disciplinary research center that balances academic research with applied work. CPPR has sponsored and promoted research in health policy, public finance, education, and regulation.  The regulation programming strengthened The Murphy Institute's longstanding ties to Tulane Law, and frequent collaboration led to the development of a new, joint center: The Center on Law and the Economy.  CPPR currently funds postdoctoral positions in health policy and education.  

Health Policy

Harnessing the expertise of the Health Policy Working Group, the Health Policy program develops research that addresses critical healthcare policy issues.


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

The Center for Public Policy Research runs a yearly, competitive seed grant program in order to fund leading edge research in public policy and other exciting projects within political economy.  Seed grant recipients have gone on to win major public and private grants for continuing their projects, garnered awards for Murphy-funded projects, and forged partnerships with government and the community.

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.