Who We Are

The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) is an interdisciplinary research center in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, led by Arie Kapteyn. The goal of the center is to conduct a wide range of research projects in the social sciences and economics, often in collaboration with other departments and schools at USC. CESR will be an exciting, new, and innovative environment for both fundamental and applied research.

The mission of the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) is to conduct in-depth research and analysis to improve the understanding of human behavior in economic and social contexts.

CESR has offices in Los Angeles, California and Arlington, Virginia. 

The Civil Service College (CSC) Singapore is a statutory board under the Public Service Division with a mission to develop people for a first-class Public Service. As the public sector’s core institution for training, learning, research and staff development, CSC builds strategic capacity in governance, leadership, public administration and management for a networked government in Singapore. To this end, CSC is heavily involved in Singapore’s behavioural insights community through its events and publications which include the CSC Behavioural Economics Symposium and a book titled “Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore”.

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore's flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its 16 faculties and schools across three campus locations in Singapore – Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram – provides a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. NUS' transformative education includes programmes such as student exchange, entrepreneurial internships at NUS Overseas Colleges, and double degree and joint degree programmes with some of the world's top universities. NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 26 university-level research institutes and centres. The University is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. Major research thrusts have been made recently in several fields such as quantum technology; cancer and translational medicine; interactive and digital media; and the environment and water. NUS also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.