The Centre for Policy Evaluation was established in 2005 in the University of Nottingham's School of Economics to provide a forum for the development of new research initiatives that contribute to our understanding of the economic effects of public policy. The Centre is structured in a manner which allows both for the development of evaluation and simulation tools, and the application of those tools to a wide range of questions of public policy concern.

The primary roles of the Centre are:

  • to develop methods of policy evaluation and microsimulation with which to examine the effects of policy reform on economic outcomes;
  • to provide an international perspective on public policy initiatives through cross-country and comparative policy research;
  • to encourage informed debate on issues of public policy concern through active research dissemination and user engagement;

The CPE places a strong emphasis on the use of comparative research to draw lessons from the implementation of public policies in different international contexts. Our External Research Fellows are vital in bringing an international perspective to CPE research. The research environment at the Centre actively encourages collaborations between Internal and External Fellows.

The Centre is directed by Richard Disney, who has long experience and substantial expertise in public policy research.

For further information on the Centre's activities, please contact:

Centre for Policy Evaluation
School of Economics
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 5469
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5552


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A Copula Model for Dependent Competing Risks, by Simon Low and Ralf Wilke. CPE Working Paper 2/09. February 2009. [download ]
Unemployment Duration in the United Kingdom: An Incomplete Data Approach, by Ralf Wilke. CPE Working Paper 1/09. February 2009. [download ]
Drivers of Overindebtedness: Report to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, by Richard Disney, John Gathergood and Sarah Bridges .
CPE Research Report
. September 2008.
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