The Center for Economic Research

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The George Washington University’s Center for Economic Research (CER) brings together leading minds in economics and forecasting. Our scholars advance public understanding through crucial research, including work with the U.S. Energy Information Administration to forecast trends and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to analyze the relationship between electricity consumption and climate change.

The Center for Economic Research’s primary research entity is the H.O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting, which supports research, teaching and dissertation supervision in forecasting.



Our Research

Tara Sinclair in a suit presenting "Continuities and Discontinuities in Forecasting"





The H.O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting facilitates a wide range of research projects that require economic data and analysis.  We host frequent virtual and in-person events to educate the public, as well as an annual Federal Forecasters Consortium.

The program also plays a major role in the training of MA and PhD students in economics and other disciplines that require economic data in their research. We offer administrative support for recruiting, training and placing student research assistants on appropriate research projects being conducted by center members. Research assistants are assigned on a competitive basis, with priority granted to research projects that are likely to attract external funding in the future.


  • Significantly enhance the institutional visibility of the university through the research of individual economics faculty members
  • Increase communication and interchange with colleagues at other universities and private research institutions in the Washington, D.C., area
  • Offer administrative support to encourage faculty to pursue scholarly activity 
  • Sponsor conferences, meetings and a discussion paper series that promote and publicize our research efforts

Featured Headline



Tara Sinclair and Dean Wahlbeck sitting and talking on a stage with a CCAS logo behind Forecasting Our Economic Future

In a video discussion, CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck spoke with Professor of Economics and International Affairs Tara Sinclair about the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact and her forecast for what’s to come.