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Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University


The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is the research arm of the social sciences at Columbia University. ISERP's mission is to catalyze and produce pioneering social science research and to shape public policy by integrating knowledge and methods across the social science disciplines. The Institute supports a collaborative interdisciplinary community through seminars and research centers; a seed grants program and working paper series; technical and statistical assistance for faculty research; support for grant application and administration; and development and management of large-scale collaborative projects. ISERP also offers social science training at the master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral level. ISERP is the direct descendant of the pathbreaking Bureau for Applied Social Research (BASR), established at Columbia in 1944 by the sociologist Paul F. Lazarsfeld. One of the first social science institutes in the nation, the Bureau made landmark contributions to communications research, public opinion polling, organizational studies, and social science methodology. BASR's tradition was carried on by the Center for the Social Sciences, established in 1976 after Lazarsfeld's death and later renamed to honor him. The Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences was one of the centers incorporated into the Institute at its founding in 1998. A name change in 2001 officially launched Columbia's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.
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