The Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics (RISE) was established to create an environment for research and teaching that will enhance the role of Rice University as one of the leading institutions in the world for the study of economics. The launching of the multi-year initiative recognizes that research and teaching in economics are critical to the academic endeavors of the university, to the advancement of theory and empirical practice in economics, and to the formulation of sound public policy and the assessment of its effectiveness.

The main goals of the initiative are:

  • To promote and support the efforts of faculty and students in advancing the science of economics.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research within and outside of the Rice academic community.
  • To foster a better understanding of the importance of economic research in the formulation and assessment of public policy.