Monday, July 2, 2012

Ranking Think Tank Impact Per Dollar

The progressive Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has released an updated version of a study about the cost effectiveness of the most widely cited think tanks.  CEPR, which rates itself as #1, describes it as "an analysis that calculates the number of media hits per budget dollar."

Here are the top ten:
  1. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR): 1.3 citations per $10,000
  2. Economic Policy Institute (EPI): 0.94
  3. American Enterprise Institute (AEI): 0.47
  4. Cato Institute: 0.35
  5. New America Foundation (NAF): 0.31
  6. Brookings: 0.27
  7. Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE): 0.26
  8. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP): 0.25
  9. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): 0.25
  10. Center for American Progress (CAP): 0.24
If you click on the link above or here, you can also view the top think tanks rated by website traffic per budget dollar.

CEPR was co-founded in 1999 by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, and approximately 80 percent of CEPR's funding comes from grants made by foundations.

Foundation support in 2011 included:
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Arca Foundation
  • Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Ford Foundation
  • Moriah Foundation
  • National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Public Welfare Foundation
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Rockefeller Family Fund
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Sloan Foundation
  • Streisand Foundation
The Washington, DC-based CEPR has no connection or relationship whatsoever with the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.