As one of Australia's leading economics groups, the Research School of Economics plays a prominent role in public policy debate and analysis. Individual researchers contribute to public policy in a number of ways including: undertaking policy orientated research, providing expert commentary in the media, providing advice and performing research for government departments.
The various centres at the RSE are a focus for the outreach activities in economics at ANU.
The Centre for Applied Microeconomic Analysis (CAMiA) has a focus on the empirical analysis of public and social policy of Australian importance but global interest including areas such as education, health and the social welfare system. CAMiA researchers also consider the underlying data and statistical methods. SPEAR, a branch of CAMiA, undertakes social policy evaluation work for government departments.
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Discussion Papers series began with the founding of the Centre in 1980. The Discussion Papers are intended to make available to a wider audience studies of relevance to economic policy undertaken by staff, visitors and students of the Economics Group. The series also includes papers that have been presented at conferences held under the auspices of the Centre.