The Boston Fed’s New England Public Policy Center promotes better public policy in New England by conducting and disseminating objective, high-quality research and analysis of strategically identified regional economic and policy issues.
The Center produces evidence-based research and analysis of regional economic and policy challenges. We inform sound policy making by convening conversations about the policy issues we study and advising policymakers about recommendations stemming from our research.
The Boston Fed has a decades-long tradition of supporting the New England public policy community. In 2005, the Bank established the New England Public Policy Center to institutionalize that support.
The Center publishes policy and research reports on topics important to policy makers in the region and to the New England economy. In past years Center staff have considered regional labor market trends, state and local fiscal issues, and challenges faced by disadvantaged populations. Examples of recent research include analysis of the impact of Massachusetts policy reforms on ex-offenders’ ability to gain employment and to reduce recidivism, a study considering whether providing additional affordable housing could decrease homelessness in the region, and a profile of capital spending in New England.