The Paulson Institute, an independent center located at the University of Chicago, is a non-partisan institution that promotes sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment around the world. Established in 2011 by Henry M. Paulson, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and chief executive of Goldman Sachs, the Institute is committed to the principle that today’s most pressing economic and environmental challenges can be solved only if leading countries work in complementary ways.
For this reason, the Institute’s initial focus is the United States and China—the world’s largest economies, energy consumers, and carbon emitters. No major economic or environmental challenge can be solved without their cooperation. And all of these pivotal challenges can be dealt with more efficiently and effectively if the United States and China work in tandem.
Specifically, The Paulson Institute fosters international engagement to achieve three objectives:
To increase economic activity—including Chinese investment in the United States—that leads to the creation of jobs.
To support urban growth, including the promotion of better environmental policies.
To encourage responsible executive leadership and best business practices on issues of international concern.
The Institute’s programs foster engagement among government policymakers, corporate executives, and leading international experts on economics, business, energy, and the environment. We are both a think and “do” tank that facilitates the sharing of real-world experiences and the implementation of practical solutions.
Institute programs and initiatives are focused in four areas: sustainable urbanization, cross-border investment, executive leadership, and entrepreneurship and innovation. The Institute also works in partnership with the University of Chicago to sponsor research and provide a platform for distinguished thinkers from around the world to convey their ideas.
Please click on the links below to find out more about each of our programs.
- Program on Sustainable Urbanization
- Program on Cross-Border Investment
- Program on Leadership in a Globalized World
- Program on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Programs with the University of Chicago