The Foundation for
Public Economics and Policy Research is an autonomous policy oriented
research organization established under the Societies Registration
Act (XXI of 1860). It is a non-profit, public education organization.
Established in 2002, the Foundation is an economic think tank to
provide a rigorous academic perspective on the economic policy issues
that had arisen in the recent past with a focus on providing expert
advice to the union, state and local governments in the areas of
public economics, public policy and governance. It focuses on a
wide spectrum of rapidly evolving economic policy issues in the
national and international context.
The Governing Body is responsible for providing general policy directions
to the Foundation. It comprises President, Secretary, Treasurer
and other members. The present Governing Body comprises members
drawn from the Central and State Governments, Universities and other
One of the important activities of the Foundation relate to organizing
short duration policy dialogue and training courses for policy makers,
senior administrators and practitioners on different aspects of
public economics, especially in relation to tax reforms, value added
tax, goods and services tax (GST), e-commerce and e-governance.
The Foundation maintains close functional links with the central
and state governments. It collaborates studies with international
agencies for pursuing its research and training agenda. It has its
agenda to have research partnership arrangements with institutions
and universities of other countries.