The Weidenbaum Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization at Washington University in St. Louis, combines academic research with public policy analyses. The Center's unique leadership team is comprised of a leading political scientist, a renowned economist, and a prominent business leader. The Center was created in 1975 as the Center for the Study of American Business under the direction of Murray Weidenbaum. The Center was named in honor of Professor Weidenbaum in 2001. At that time, Professor Steven S. Smith became director of the Center.
About Murray Weidenbaum
A highly influential economist and adviser, Murray Weidenbaum founded the Center in 1975, along with former Chancellor of Washington University, William Danforth. Professor Weidenbaum served as the first chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Ronald Reagan and served under or advised five U.S. presidents.
To serve as a bridge between policymakers and scholars by supporting scholarly research, public affairs programs, and other activities at the intersection of government and business — addressing some of the most important public policy issues facing America.
- Pursue a vigorous, unbiased program to address major public policy issues via research and reports, major forums, public debates, lecture series, and scholarly conferences.
- Bring issues to the attention of a larger audience through interaction with business leaders, policymakers, scholars, and the media.
- Publish edited volumes with contributions from a variety of scholars on major issues.
- Create new scholarly expertise by providing Ph.D. student fellowships and support for dissertation research.
- Seed Grant Program
- Public Policy Events
- Forum Programs - Major conferences, lectures, and debates on economic and political issues.
- St. Louis Series - Conferences, lectures, and debates on public policy issues relating to the St. Louis region.
- Public Policy Breakfast Meetings - Talks on economic and political issues.
- Eliot Society Public Policy Luncheons - Open discussion meeting on current issues (Eliot Society contributor level members only).
- Eliot Society Excursions
- Annual Dinner - Annual presentation by a national or international experts on economic or political concern.
- Media Retreat - Annual journalism meeting on understanding and coverage of public policy issues.
- Student Sponsorship
- Undergraduate and graduate assistantships providing research and writing experience.
The Center, while an integral part of Washington University, is responsible for its own financial support and relies heavily upon the generous donations of individuals, corporations, and foundations. For more information, go to the Center's Donate page.