CERPA Research Programs

Economic Development

CERPA's Economic Development Program facilitates research and policy analysis that promotes higher standards of living and improved economic and social conditions. The program addresses a wide range of economic and social issues, such as the urban-rural divide, higher education and tax incentives, but a particular area of interest is the intersection of environmental, energy and economic policy.

Environment & Energy

The Environment & Energy Program promotes research and policy analysis on critical environmental and energy issues such as conservation and land-use policy, benefit-cost analysis of renewable energy, invasive species management, non-market valuation of green energy programs, and the impacts of climate change on the North Carolina coast. 

Experimental Economics

Experimental Economics applies the laboratory method of inquiry to better understand how society operates. Experiments, in the lab and in the field, allow for a more precise investigation of how individual, social and institutional characteristics influence individual behavior and aggregate outcomes.

Undergraduate Research

The CERPA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is an undergraduate research program that provides exceptionally capable and well-motivated students an opportunity to participate in all phases of social, economic and policy research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The program offers a comprehensive opportunity to more fully develop critical thinking and analytical skills, while also improving writing and presentation skills