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A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges and improve lives.

To build a foundation of rigorous, independent research, we have assembled a respected team of economists, industry experts and scholars to analyze the issues and choices facing policymakers. (Click here to see our list of experts.)

We convene a network of influential decision-makers from the private and public sectors to help us transform ideas into action. The Milken Institute partners with global leaders in finance, business, government, science and philanthropy -- people with the vision and resources to make a significant impact.

Our mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health.

At the heart of our work is the idea that societies prosper if they have an educated, healthy workforce; open and efficient capital markets; and effective social institutions. Whether the issue is building a more sustainable energy future or ensuring that entrepreneurs can access the credit they need to grow their companies and create jobs, our objective is to advance solutions that create prosperity in all corners of the globe.

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Our ambitious research agenda tackles the issues that matter in a complex and interconnected global economy. We explore the intersection of finance, business, philanthropy and policy to determine how public and private investment can drive progress.

All of our work underscores the importance of human capital. That theme is front and center, whether we're analyzing the policy implications of an aging population or the growing demand for highly skilled workers.

A thriving economy requires a healthy workforce. We are committed to exploring critical issues in health economics, from public health - including prevention and wellness - to regulatory and financing challenges in the biomedical industry.

Widely recognized as an authority on regional economics, the Milken Institute focuses on the factors that drive job creation and the public policies that foster sustainable economic growth.

The Milken Institute has a unique vantage point on the fast-moving changes that are transforming our world. Our California headquarters places us squarely in the heart of the nation's largest economy, close to its leading centers of innovation and on the edge of the Pacific Rim. From our Washington offices, we inform crucial policy discussions, from the capital markets to the medical research enterprise.


The Milken Institute brings together influential decision-makers who put great ideas to work in the marketplace and around the world.

From our flagship Global Conference to private meetings and retreats in the United States and around the world, we convene experts from multiple sectors, geographies and viewpoints for highly focused interactions. Our events are designed to move capital, policy and momentum toward realistic solutions.

The Milken Institute stands for great ideas and effective action -- not ideology. We build consensus around practical strategies to solve urgent challenges, from jumpstarting innovation in medical research to creating more sustainable housing markets.

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Chief Investment Officer, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)


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