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Regulation and Coordination

Examines traditional approaches to regulation, as well as emerging market-based strategies, including alternative regulatory tactics.

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.

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.