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The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics (Peterson Institute), formerly the Institute for International Economics, is a private, non-profit, and nonpartisan think tank focused on international economics, based in Washington, D.C. It was founded by C. Fred Bergsten in 1981, in response to a proposal from the German Marshall Fund.[1]
The Institute's annual budget is about $9 million and it is financially supported by a wide range of charitable foundations, private corporations, and individuals; as well as earnings from the Institute's publications and capital fund.

The Institute moved into its own award-winning building, designed by James von Klemperer of Kohn Pedersen Fox. It includes full conference and videoconferencing facilities, at 1750 Massachusetts Avenue ("Embassy Row"), NW, Washington, DC, in the summer of 2001. It is located across from the Brookings Institution, diagonally across from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and next to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


The institute chairman is the chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and former United States Secretary of Commerce, Peter G. Peterson. Vice chairman is United Technologies Corporation CEO, George David.

Other prominent members of the institute's board of directors include:

C. Fred Bergsten, previously the assistant secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, has been the director of the Institute since its founding.

The institute attracts some of the most influential former officials and academics as resident senior fellows. They include former chief economist and director of research department at the IMF, Michael Mussa, and former assistant secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, Edwin (Ted) Truman. John Williamson, who coined the term "Washington Consensus" is also a current resident senior fellow.

Senior Fellows and ScholarsEdit

The following is a list of current senior fellows at the Peterson Institute:

  • C. Fred Bergsten (Director)
  • Adam S. Posen (Deputy Director)
  • Anders Åslund
  • William R. Cline
  • Kimberly Elliott
  • Gary Clyde Hufbauer
  • Morris Goldstein
  • Nicholas R. Lardy
  • Catherine L. Mann
  • Michael Mussa
  • Marcus Noland
  • Jeffrey J. Schott
  • Arvind Subramanian
  • Edwin M. Truman
  • John Williamson

Areas of researchEdit

  • Debt and Development - Corruption and Governance, Debt Relief, Foreign Aid/Technical Assistance, Technology and Developing Countries, Transition Economies, World Bank and Regional Development Banks.
  • Globalization - Globalization and Environment, Globalization and Labor Issues and Impact, Migration, Politics of Globalization.
  • International Finance/Macroeconomics - Exchange Rate Regimes/Monetary Policy, Finance, Investment, and Debt, Global Financial Crises, International Monetary Fund, New Economy and Productivity, World Economy.
  • International Trade and Investment - Competition Policy, Corporate Governance/Transparency, E-commerce and Technology, Economic Sanctions, Energy, Foreign Direct Investment, Intellectual Property Rights, Regional Trading Blocs, Services, Tax Policy, WTO and Other Global Institutions.
  • US Economic Policy - Economic Sanctions, Foreign Aid/Technical Assistance. Trade Disputes, Trade Promotion Authority, US Monetary/Fiscal Policy, US Trade Policy.


  1. Institute for International Economics Renamed in Honor of Founding Chairman Peter G. Peterson. PR Web (October 24th, 2006).

External linksEdit

fr:Institut Peterson uk:Інститут міжнародної економіки zh:国际经济研究所

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