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Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research

The Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research brings together researchers throughout Saint Louis University who share a common interest in applied economic research. 

The Center is part of the SLU Research Institute, and reports to an advisory board consisting of the Deans of the Chaifetz School of Business, the School of Education, and the College for Public Health and Social Justice.  The Center was established in fall 2018 following a generous gift from Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield.

Mission

The mission of the Center is to advance rigorous research on economic growth and social welfare that can inform public policy. Our research interest is urban economic development, with St. Louis as our laboratory. Center staff and affiliated researchers work on a broad range of applied economic research topics including taxation, education, health, regulation, entrepreneurship, and technology policy.   We take the “applied” in our title seriously. To that end, we invest in developing large and rich databases on schools, neighborhoods, employment and workforce development for the state and the St. Louis metro area that form the foundation for our applied research. 

The work of the Center promotes Jesuit values. Our mission is to use the tools of modern applied microeconomics to help create economic opportunity for all residents of St. Louis by promoting excellence in applied economic and social policy research. 

Our Research

The Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research (SCAER) brings together researchers from a variety of fields to engage in transformative economic research. Below are the works supported by SCAER.