About CNE

The Center for a New Economy (CNE) is an independent, non-partisan think-tank that advocates for the development of a new economy for Puerto Rico. Founded in 1998, CNE produces rigorous public policy research and analysis, and is one of the most credible and influential voices on Puerto Rico’s economy. As a think tank, we are guided by the following values:

Intellectual Quality

We seek to find solutions, and inform current debates, based on hard data and robust empirical research, to today’s most pressing and complex economic development problems. This stems from our belief that public policy should not be based on personal opinion or political preference but rather should be the product of careful analysis and independently verifiable research.  

CNE has partnered with distinguished economists such as Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University, Barry Bosworth from the Brookings Institute, Gustavo J. Bobonis from the University of Toronto, María Enchautegui from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as researchers from the Urban Institute and the Center on Budget Policy Priorities to assist with CNE’s mission.


Non-Partisanship: We believe that public policy is best developed independently of any party platform or political agenda.

Not-for-Profit: CNE’s views and its research agenda are set solely by its Senior Management with support from its Faculty. CNE does not engage in any work for hire. In order to safeguard the independence of the research staff in the pursuit of their studies, all fundraising efforts are separate and insulated from the research and policy work. Donors to the Center are advised that their support will not in any way control, determine, or influence the conduct of particular investigations or the conclusions reached as part of those research endeavors.

Given that the Center maintains a position of neutrality on political issues in order to uphold the intellectual freedom of the staff, interpretations or conclusions in CNE publications should be understood to be solely those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Center, to its directors, officers, other staff members, or to the individuals and organizations that support its research.


We seek to be policy relevant, not policy neutral. We seek to inform the public in general, and policymakers in specific, about the major economic development issues of the day; and play our own part in generating ideas about improving the quality of life in Puerto Rico. We accomplish this by producing actionable research and educating stakeholders on economic issues.