Objectives and Programs
In the pioneering spirit of our namesake, the Mosbacher Institute aims to join the ranks of our country's top economic policy centers by tackling many of the toughest policy challenges of our time.
At the foundation of our three research and training programs are three core public policy objectives:
We should embrace economic integration as the best mechanism for raising global standards of living and promoting world peace.
We must adopt energy policy that balances cheap, clean, and secure energy while relying extensively on markets.
To be competitive in the world economy, we must reshape our public institutions to impart good governance and cost-effective provision of public services.
A distinguishing feature of the Mosbacher Institute programs is their integrated design. Each program is not a discrete operation, but contributes to the broader Institute goal of finding inter-related policy solutions. For example, energy policy cannot be treated separately from trade policy when discussing the cases of China, Russia, India, and Brazil. Together, the three programs create an environment where specialists from all of these areas can synergize their thinking into solving concrete policy problems. The MI design links fields of knowledge in ways that mirror the needs of the global future.
The three core programs have common features. Each program will have a Program Director that is a full-time Bush School faculty member actively engaged in research. Each program will have a Faculty Research Awards program, and each will contribute to the Mosbacher Speaker Series, a Policy Briefs Series, and the Annual Conference Series, in which topics will rotate among the three program areas. In addition to deepening the integration across the programs, the Awards programs and the publications and meetings series will increase the visibility of the programs' research and policy-oriented outputs.
Yet each of the three core programs also features a unique set of activities that marry academic training with real-world policy settings, in ways that are appropriate to their fields. For example, the Integration of Global Markets (IGM) program will offer summer internships with various world trade delegations, thereby encouraging Bush School Master's students into careers in international trade policy. A flagship project of the Energy in a Global Economy (EGE) program will design a new energy sector performance index, drawing on the latest data and providing useful price transparency data to guide decision makers. The Good Governance (GG) program will offer Bush School students the opportunity to tackle domestic policy problems head-on by responding to an issue identified by real-world clients. Its goal is to reshape public institutions and thereby enhance U.S. competitiveness. All of these activities complement ongoing educational activities within the Bush School, while at the same time enhancing the research mission of the school.