Policy Focus Areas

For more than 70 years, CED has pursued policy-making in terms of the nation's interest, bringing the best of business experience and sound analysis to bear on the country's most pressing economic and social concerns. Today, our work centers on such issues as: sustainable capitalism, fiscal health, education, global competitiveness and democratic institutions.



CED's research falls under 4 pillars

Democratic Institutions
Building public trust in democratic institutions has been and will continue to be an important aspect of CED's programs on corporate governance, making Washington work, and money in politics. CED's corporate governance studies have encouraged corporate leaders to focus on long-term performance, integrate societal concerns into their strategies, and rebuild societal trust in business leadership. CED's "Making Washington Work" program strives to overcome the polarization and policy deadlock that harms the nation. And CED has been at the forefront of campaign finance and judicial selection reform since 1999. CED has successfully influenced major legislative battles, including passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in 2002. CED has worked with business leaders to identify the best policy ideas to avoid reputational risk and to increase disclosure. Learn more >>



Education
Our Trustees have long urged the nation to view education as an investment, producing numerous policy ideas to structure education as a vital process from early childhood, through K-12, and to postsecondary education and beyond., and encompasses all aspects of individual and workforce development. Learn more >>

Fiscal Health
CED has a long record of advocacy for fiscal responsibility and sound macroeconomic policy. CED's "Fiscal Health Project" continues to generate innovative ideas, issue strong policy statements, and host public events to engage business leaders in the call for reform. CED's research advocates a comprehensive approach to reduce the federal budget deficit, including tax reform that broadens the base and reduces tax rates, and market-based solutions to slow the growth of healthcare. Learn more >>



Global Competitiveness
Globalization has benefited the United States in many ways, and CED has been a strong supporter of international agreements to promote trade and investment. Greater two-way exchanges of goods, services, and capital have lifted incomes both at home and abroad, reinforcing a virtuous circle of economic growth while reducing global poverty. Our research program emphasizes both domestic and international issues that affect global competition, such as regulation, energy policy, and negotiation of free-trade agreements with our global partners. In addition, CED research urges business leaders to make women's advancement a priority issue because it makes America and American companies more competitive. Learn more >>

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