Puerto Rico's Think Tank

The Center for a New Economy (CNE) is Puerto Rico’s first and foremost policy think tank, an independent, nonpartisan group that advocates for the development of a new economy for Puerto Rico. Over the last 20 years, CNE has championed the cause of a more productive and stable Puerto Rico through its offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

We seek to inform current policy debates and find solutions to today’s most pressing and complex economic development problems by rigorously analyzing hard data and producing robust empirical research.CNE is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does not solicit or accept government funding. It relies solely on funding by individuals, private institutions and philanthropic organizations.

The Center for a New Economy (CNE) fosters Puerto Rico’s long-term recovery and transformation. CNE’s role in civil society after Hurricane María has expanded with multiple initiatives that have developed under its guidance and leadership.


An impressive roster of high-level experts focused on articulating transformative economic strategies for Puerto Rico and charting a course for sustained long-term growth.


A massive emergency relief effort that distributed 4.1 million pounds of critical supplies, impacted thousands of lives, mobilized local and stateside donors on behalf of Puerto Rico, and built an island-wide grass-roots collaborative network.


Game-changing ideas and proposals for strengthening Puerto Rico’s physical, social and economic infrastructure post-disaster.

CNE @ D.C.

Read about our DC office endeavors


In 2006, CNE jointly published with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, The Economy of Puerto Rico: Restoring Growth, a compilation of essays providing an in-depth analysis of the economy of Puerto Rico.