Signature Initiatives

IIEP’s work is centered around our four signature initiatives:

Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries

Climate models indicate that impacts of climate change will be most severe in areas where a majority of the world’s extreme poor live, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of South Asia. Therefore, research is needed to better understand the nature of these impacts and their repercussions. This research can assist developing country governments and donor agencies to mitigate the impacts on poor communities and can influence and contribute to constructive responses. Research can help identify steps that households, communities and firms can take and policies required to facilitate such adaptations to climate change in resource-poor contexts

Economics of Ultra-poverty

IIEP faculty led by Professors James Foster and Stephen Smith are engaged in research and policy analysis on extreme (or ultra-) poverty in the developing world. IIEP’s ultra-poverty initiative focuses on basic and applied research, organizing conferences, work with international organizations, and both technical and policy publications. IIEP is well placed to emerge as one of the world’s leading centers for scholarship on global poverty with our widely cited research and high-quality events building to a major international conference in spring 2012.

Global Economic Governance in the 21st Century

In September 2011 IIEP launched a new signature initiative on global economic governance that will examine the role and evolving shape of international economic institutions in the 21st century. This initiative, made possible by the generous financial support of an anonymous donor, will build on existing IIEP research strengths and leverage its unparalleled location in the heart of international economic policy making in Washington DC. IIEP is emerging as one of the leading centers focused on economic governance in the increasingly integrated world economy.

China’s Development and US-China Economic Relations

The US – China relationship is now second to none in importance for international economic relations and policy and accordingly is a major focus of IIEP. The centerpiece of this initiative is our annual Conference on China’s Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic and Political Relations, which has become one of the premier events of its type.

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