A Brief Introduction of the Public Economic Policy Research Center
In recent years, under the impact of COVID-19, the China-United States Trade War, China’s economic slowdown, and the industrial upgrade of Taiwan, the economy of Taiwan has faced unprecedented challenges. To face these challenges and to strengthen the research capacity of the economics community in economic theories, empirical analysis, system designing, and policy evaluation, a research center must be established as an integrated platform for the study of public economic issues. By establishing the Public Economic Policy Research Center, NTU hopes to gather famous domestic and foreign scholars to study economic policies and further upgrade the Center to become an interactive platform for international economic studies.

Established in 2006, the Public Economic Policy Research Center was originally a department-level research center of the Department of Economics. In 2012, the Center became a college-level research center of the College of Social Sciences after evaluation. For many years, the Center has held many policy forums related to major public issues, including issues related to the energy industry, currency, labor insurance, the Old-Age Pension Policy, and issues in recent years such as anti-media monopoly, the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, Voluntary/Mandatory Rest Days, the Tax Reform, the Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers, and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). These issues are all related to the economy of Taiwan and the livelihoods of the people in Taiwan. The Center conducts rigorous theoretical and empirical analyses from an academic research perspective and continues to give policy advice to society and the government.

Missions of the Center:

1. Establish a domestic public policy exchange platform based on theoretical discussions and empirical research.
2. Develop international academic exchanges and establish long-term partnerships.
3. Integrate NTU cross-discipline research talents and resources.
4. Provide evidence-based policy evaluation for the government to take as a reference.

Inviting domestic and foreign scholars to station at the Center for research is one of the main plans of the Center. The Center provides five research rooms for visiting scholars, and there were dozens of domestic and foreign visiting scholars each year in the past for mid to long-term visits. The Center also has a small 15 to 20 people conference room with equipment such as a projector and a screen. The research fellow of the Center and all departments of the College of Social Sciences may use the small conference room.