The Center for Growth and Opportunity’s goal is to conduct research in the pursuit of efficient and responsible solutions to pressing socioeconomic problems that will enable individuals to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.


In order to examine those research questions in the most effective way, the Center has designated four research areas to provide a framework for the way these questions will be examined by our scholars and students.

Financial Choice and Security

The quality of an individual’s life is, in part, related to their freedom and ability to make meaningful employment and business contributions and to participate in financial markets to ensure life-long financial security. The efficiency of financial markets and their effect on individuals and society, as well as the role of financial regulation, are topics of central importance to overall economic well-being.

Health, Education, and Environment

The life-long opportunities and growth of an individual over all phases of the life cycle, including opportunities to accumulate quality education and enjoy positive health outcomes, are paramount to a life of meaning and contribution. As a result, health economics, education economics, and environmental economics and related topics in applied microeconomics are of interest to the Center.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The economic and legal frameworks of a society affect innovation and entrepreneurship. Likewise, innovation and entrepreneurship drive upward mobility and overall economic growth. This includes the evaluation of new financial instruments and products, dynamic labor market conditions, and evolving regulatory practices.

Roles of Business and Government in Society

Business and government play distinct roles in the economy and in our lives. Understanding the role of voluntary exchange through market transactions, as well as the role of public action, are central to the design of responsible solutions to social and economic issues.