Applied Economics Forum

The Applied Economic Policy Forum (AEPF) is an applied research initiative that brings together subject matter experts to produce real-world policy analysis and actionable recommendations that support a wide range of clients, including policy-makers and private sector decision-makers. AEPF enlists a network of practitioners and academics through workshops, conferences, and publications in order to assess the economics of innovation, productivity, sustainability, workforce, and entrepreneurship in Florida and provide actionable recommendations to a broad stakeholder community.

AEPF activities include:

  • Applied Policy Analysis — AEPF employs its network of practitioners and academics to collect and analyze data on critical economic policy issues, host working groups and roundtables, and routinely publish applied economic policy briefs centered on empirical data and actionable recommendations.
  • Community Engagement — AEPF engages the stakeholder community through a monthly economic policy lecture series. The lecture series brings together distinguished public and private sector representative, and academics to discuss and debate key economic issues. AEPF produces and disseminates monthly proceedings that capture key considerations discussed during the open forum.
  • Student Outreach — AEPF incorporates students into the research process, which will ultimately strengthen the future of Florida’s public policy workforce. Students engage in important policy debates though internships and faculty-led research projects that expose them to real-world economic policy challenges. Students support and participate in end-of-semester conferences to present their findings in front of public, private, and academic communities. These experiences provide the tools necessary to enter the workforce upon graduation.