Think Tanks

A Selected List of U.S. Think Tanks


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The Center for American Progress is an n independent, nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

This group of self-described “progressives”  seeks “effective government” and work to develop policies and encourage the media to cover these issue which they have deemed important.

Younger “progressives” might want to take a look at


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The research activities of the NBER are organized into a series of twenty research programs and fifteen working groups. Each is led by a director, or a pair of co-directors. Research programs correspond loosely to traditional fields of study within the field of economics, and they encompass a wide range of research within such fields. Virtually all NBER researchers are affiliated with one or more research programs. The researchers in most programs meet twice each year, at program meetings, and in addition participate in the NBER Summer Institute meetings. The link for each program in the list below will direct you to the most recent summary of research by program members.


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EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, DC. EPIC was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including policy research, public education, conferences, litigation, publications, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. EPIC works closely with a distinguished advisory board, with expertise in law, technology and public policy.


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The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to  include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions. EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security.  To achieve this goal, EPI conducts research and analysis on the economic status of working America.  EPI proposes public policies that protect and improve the economic conditions of low- and middle-income workers and assesses policies with respect to how they affect those workers.


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New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation. Structurally, we combine the best of a policy research institute, technology laboratory, public forum, media platform, and a venture capital fund for ideas. We are a distinctive community of thinkers, writers, researchers, technologists, and community activists who believe deeply in the possibility of American renewal.


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A libertarian think tank with the tagline “free minds and freemarkets”, this organization presents articles directed specifically to the public


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Seemingly liberal, although the refer to themselves as “centrist”

To meet our mission of governing America from the center, we focus relentlessly on impact. Our benchmark: whether our ideas have influenced either a national policy or a national debate.