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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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The National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.

Program areas at NBER

Sponsored Research: the nber and its affiliated researchers conduct academic Research projects on a wide array of topics within economics. These projects are funded by grants from various government agencies and private foundations. Sponsors include the National institute of health, the National science foundation, the social security administration, and the alfred p. sloan foundation, among other entities. The nber has nearly 1,600 affiliated researchers, and more than 300 current Research projects.
Publications: the nber disseminates the scientific findings of its affiliated researchers in several ways: by inclusion in the nber working paper series, by publishing books, usually in collaboration with the university of chicago press, and by highlighting Research in the more broadly-distributed nber digest, nber reporter, nber bulletin on health and the nber bulletin on retirement and disability. More than a thousand institutions subscribe to the nber working paper series. The circulation of the digest and reporter publications is several times larger.
Research meetings: the nber organized 138 Research meetings and conferences during the year, including 51 meetings that taken together constitute the nber's summer institute. These meetings provide an opportunity for researchers, both nber affiliates and other invitees, to present their latest Research findings and to exchange ideas about ongoing Research. The meetings include both Research conducted through the nber and other relevant academic Research. These meetings are organized by the nber's program directors and working group directors. Most are held in cambridge, Massachusetts, although some are held in other locations.

Form 990s for NBER

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-04-13990View PDF
2019-062020-08-10990View PDF
2018-062019-06-19990View PDF
2017-062018-03-14990View PDF
2016-062017-07-13990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Ewing Marion Kauffman FoundationSupport for A Research Platform for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Through Multiple Projects Such As Working Group Meetings, Conferences, Working Papers, Boot Camp, and Other Emerging Scholars Initiatives. 20140669$680,305
 View purchase optionsEmpower Women and Girls; Financial Services for the Poor$400,000
 View purchase optionsTo Provide Partial Support for Thousands of Participants in Over 50 Programs That Comprise the Summer Institute Run Annually By the National Bureau of Economic Research$317,055
...and 16 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of Health and Human ServicesAGING RESEARCH$7,431,933
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...and 26 more federal grants / contracts

Financials for NBER

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$30,643,475
Program services$1,512,080
Investment income and dividends$2,752,384
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$7,822,367
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$42,730,306

Personnel at NBER

James PoterbaPresident and Chief Executive Officer / Office of the President$789,048
Alterra MiloneCorporate Secretary and Director of Grants$233,244
Daniel FeenbergDirector$275,136
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...and 6 more key personnel

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1050 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
Metro area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
Middlesex County, MA
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(617) 868-3900
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NTEE code, primary
V20: Social Science Research Institutes, Services
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813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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