About PIIE

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the rigorous and intellectually open study of international economic policy. Since 1981, we have identified and analyzed a wide range of international economic challenges, policy approaches, and practical ideas to help make globalization beneficial and sustainable for the people of the United States and the world.


Our award-winning headquarters in Washington, DC hosts an accomplished team of researchers, fellows, and professional staff. We sometimes partner with think tanks in China, Europe, and elsewhere to broaden the scope of our research and commentary.

Intellectual Foundation

Our research has provided the intellectual foundation for many major international policy initiatives of the past three and a half decades. PIIE is widely recognized for its success in anticipating emerging issues and its readiness to present practical responses in useful, accessible formats to inform and shape public debate. Its audience includes government officials and legislators, business and labor leaders, management and staff at international organizations, university-based scholars and their students, experts at other research institutions and nongovernmental organizations, the media, and the public at large.

The Institute’s agenda emphasizes international trade and investment, international finance and exchange rates, macroeconomic policy and crisis response, globalization and human welfare, and area studies of key economic regions. Institute staff have unique expertise on the major economies with special reference to China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as the United States itself and its neighbors Canada and Mexico.

Current Priorities

Current priorities include regional trade agreements and multinational investment, notably the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); the transition of China’s growth model and its impact on the world economy; macroeconomic policy options after the financial crisis; globalization, inequality, and labor market adjustment; financial stability and reform, including cost-benefit analysis of global regulation of banks vs. nonbanks; exchange rate interventions and reform of the international monetary system; practical growth models for Europe, Japan, and the United States; and possible regimes for managing migration, climate change, and the economics of democratic transitions.

PIIE Events

Institute events bring together a diverse array of international specialists from government, business, and the policy community to engage in constructive dialogue. We employ audiovisual aids, interactive graphics, and social media to deepen the public’s understanding of the issues.

To browse our work and learn more about our areas of expertise, visit our Research page.

To learn more about the work of our individual fellows, please check out our Experts page.

To read more about our leadership, visit the Board of Directors page.