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Center for Public Finance Research


  • Center for Public Finance Research

    Marvin Ward
    Assistant to the Executive Director

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The Center for Public Finance Reform informs the policy debate and contributes to effective financial management systems performance.

Our Mission

About CPFR

Created in 2008, the Center for Public Finance Research (CPFR) offers research and education in public budgeting and finance, public financial management, public economics, and benefit-cost analysis at the local, regional, national, and international levels. To accomplish its work CPFR engages faculty from the School of Public Affairs and across American University, as well as scholars from the Washington, DC, policy community.

CPFR is well positioned for its mission. Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government, is also home to embassies and the headquarters of major international financial organizations (e.g. the World Bank, the IMF, and the Inter-American Development Bank). Through its research and consulting services, CPFR takes advantage of its location to provide unique opportunities for American University students to observe how the public policy process works and to become actively involved in the development and formation of both local and national fiscal policy. CPFR also offers faculty the opportunity to engage in internationally oriented applied research and technical assistance.

CPFR provides scholars from the policy community with a forum for exchange of ideas in an academic setting and allows the establishment of teams of academic researchers across the nation to:

  1. Perform and disseminate the findings of sponsored research.
  2. Provide international technical assistance
  3. Deliver workshops and training programs.

Learn more about our work.