Claremont McKenna College plays a significant role in addressing public policy questions of importance to society through ten nationally recognized research institutes. The institutes serve to enrich the curriculum and provide timely research opportunities for students working closely with faculty scholars. They also attract distinguished scholars and lecturers to the College, provide students with a variety of internship experiences, and produce scholarly research valuable to the community, the state, and the nation. Institutes of particular relevance to the Robert Day School include:
The Financial Economics Institute (FEI) administers a unique curricular program, the Financial Economics sequence, which affords a rigorous educational opportunity for CMC students that is distinguished both by its liberal arts emphasis and quantitative orientation. The Institute provides databases and other resources to support faculty and student research, and sponsors conferences, workshops, and other events intended to bridge theory and practice. Each year, the FEI sponsors a trip that allows CMC students to visit some of the leading financial institutions in New York City. Professor Lisa Meulbroek, Fritz B. Burns Professor of Financial Economics, is the director of the Institute; Professor Eric Hughson, the Don and Lorraine Freeberg Professor of Economics and Finance, is the associate director.
The Lowe Institute supports individual faculty research covering a broad range of topics in political economy. The Institute sponsors a scholars program for independent student research, brings speakers to campus, and sponsors workshops and conferences. Research results are published in professional journals. Professor Marc Weidenmier, William F. Podlich Associate Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow, is the director.