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Center for the Study of Business and Government (CSBG)

The goal of the CSBG is to provide analysis that will help to sharpen and inform public decision-making. The Center has made notable contributions in areas such as welfare reform, health policy, labor market policies, Social Security reform, federal budget issues and monetary policy and inflation.

zicklin imageThe CSBG is a "think tank" in the Department of Economics and Finance, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College. Its primary activity is research and its distinguishing feature is the application of quantitative, theoretically grounded analysis to an array of economic and social issues. The goal of the CSBG is to provide analysis that will help to sharpen and inform public decision-making.

The Center has made notable contributions in areas such as

  • welfare reform
  • health policy
  • labor market policies
  • Social Security reform
  • federal budget issues and monetary policy and inflation.

The research often results in several products appealing to different audiences: articles in peer reviewed academic journals and other professional publications; “op ed” and other articles for general audiences; talks and presentations to both general and academic audiences. The Center sponsors the bi-annual Robert Weintraub Memorial Lecture which most recently was presented by Glenn Hubbard, Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. (Former speakers included Nobel Prize winners—Gary Becker and Harry Markowitz.) Last year it also hosted a day-long interactive program of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget on an “Exercise in Hard Choices”.

The CSBG was established in 1978 by Joel Segall, former President of Baruch College, The senior resident researchers currently include June O’Neill, Wollman Professor of Economics and Center Director since 1987; Ted Joyce, Professor of Economics, Sanders Korenman (Professor, School of Public Affairs) and Alvin Marty, Professor of Economics. Other senior researchers who are affiliated with the Center include Dave M. O’Neill, Neil Bennett, Diane Gibson and Thomas Main. The Center’s research assistants are Mei Liao, a graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center and Wenhui Li, Ph.D in economics from the Grad Center. Administrative assistance is provided by Eva Mattina.

The Center's research and other activities are supported through grants and contracts.

For more information about the Center, please contact Professor June O'Neill at June.Oneill@baruch.cuny.edu or at (646) 312-3540.

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