About the Center

Pictured from left to right: Paul Saltzman, William Mayer, Harvey Rosenblum, Laurence Kotlikoff, and Cornelius Hurley

Mission Statement

The Center for Finance, Law & Policy (CFLP) at Boston University seeks to improve the efficiency, accessibility, fairness, transparency, and stability of domestic and global financial systems.  The CFLP works toward that mission through high-quality research, issue-specific task forces, teaching, engagement with policy makers, and fostering collaborative initiatives among the University’s component schools and colleges.

To accomplish its mission, the Center

• supports interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on finance, financial systems, financial regulation, and financial inclusion

• mobilizes the expertise of the Boston University community by organizing research programs and public events that contribute to the knowledge of finance;

• catalyzes the academic and policy communities to ensure that rigorous academic research contributes to financial policy debates; and

• makes independent nonpartisan policy recommendations as appropriate and advocates for well-considered issues.

About the Center

Financial systems provide a bridge between the holders of capital and the users of capital, improve the accessibility and quality of market information, and ensure the integrity of payment services. However, financial systems can also be crisis-prone, subject to manipulation, and exclude significant portions of the population.

The CFLP is comprised of practitioners and scholars whose research and teaching focuses on the central role that finance plays in domestic and global economies. The CFLP coordinates the star power of a constellation of academics, practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines by focusing on three topical areas: financial reform, financial inclusion, and global economic governance.

The Center is a reflection of the University’s “One BU” strategy, as it functions as a coordinating body for a wide range of interdisciplinary academic research projects and task force initiatives. Aware that financial systems are quite complex, yet also fragile, the CFLP offers a holistic approach in its analyses of these systems.