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About CAGE

CAGE is a research centre based in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. We conduct independent policy-driven research informed by history, culture and behaviour. Our aim is to move beyond traditional measures of economic success to consider broader influences on global prosperity; from cultural and behavioural attitudes to voter preferences and political institutions. We analyse historical and contemporary data to draw out lessons for modern policy. CAGE is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Who we are

We are a small team of experts seeking to apply economic principles to ask new and innovative questions of data. We want to know how and why economies are successful, and how history, culture and behaviour shape the global economy (and vice versa).

We produce robust evidence to inform policymakers and journalists and influence both policy and debate. Our core team consists of Research Theme Leaders and Deputy Leaders who work across five research themes. We also have a number of internal and external associates who contribute to our research.

Director: Mirko Draca

Research Director: Bishnupriya Gupta

Impact Director: Dennis Novy and Mike Waterson

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Our academic working paper series showcases the research of our team and our associates. We also publish a bi-annual magazine, Advantage, which highlights the best of our policy-driven research for an informed non-academic audience. Our policy briefings and themed policy reports seek to draw out policy recommendations and findings to inform current debate.

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Our event programme focuses on driving impact from our research and we conduct regular briefings in London and across the UK. We also host a policy conference bringing together academics and policy specialists to discuss contemporary economic and political challenges. We support young talent through our annual summer school.

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Code of conduct

We want everyone at CAGE to be treated with dignity and respect. As a research centre based at the University of Warwick, CAGE abides by the University of Warwick’s Dignity at Warwick Policy. We ask all our associates, both internal and external, to abide by this policy, which requests respect for the rights and dignity of others. CAGE reserves the right to end associations with any person deemed to have breached this policy. For further information, please email

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