About CNE

‚ÄúFor twenty-five years, we have developed a solid organization of international caliber and prestige that has sought to continuously raise the level of research and analysis in the sphere of public policy. Now more than ever the island needs to rethink its economic, fiscal and institutional scaffolding. CNE will continue to emphasize the rigor, independence and audacity in the evaluation of public policy options to achieve a more productive and stable Puerto Rico.‚ÄĚ

Miguel A. Soto-Class
President and Founder of CNE


Research Quality

CNE seeks 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.

Since 2013, CNE has been recognized as one of the Top Think Tanks to Watch by the Global Think Tank Report of the University of Pennsylvania.


CNE believes that public policy is best developed independently of any party platform or political agenda. 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 pursuit of their studies, all fundraising efforts are kept separate from the research and policy work. Donors are advised that their support will not in any way control, determine, or influence investigations or the conclusions reached as part of those research endeavors. 


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. Contributions will strengthen the expansion of CNE’s rigorous research, educational and advocacy events and activities.


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

CNE’s analyses are sought-out by officials of the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the White House, and the US Congress intent on receiving balanced expertise and policy counsel on Puerto Rico and finding bipartisan options to the island’s fiscal predicament. CNE reports and analyses are also regularly covered by media from the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia and are cited in numerous academic and policy publications.