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American Institute For Economic Research Inc

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Causes: Economics, Education

Mission: American institute for economic research (aier) conducts independent, scientific, economic research to educate individuals, thereby advancing their personal interests and those of the nation.

Programs: Research reports and bulletins- preparation and distribution of periodic economic reports and occasional booklets focused on selected topics in the areas of fiscal and monetary economics, including personal economic issues. These are distributed to members and the general public.

academic programs- aier conducts various education programs including teach-the-teachers, summer fellowship, conferences, and internships directed at a combination of the general public, professional teachers, and graduate level students of economics and other related fields.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

This organization used to produce great research, but now that most of its research staff has left and poor leadership the research reports are opinion pieces and reflect no analysis whatsoever. They claim to raise money for education and research fellowships but then cancel the programs and keep the funds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIER is one of the very few independent and unbiased sources for information on the U.S. Economy. AIER provides a public service by offering various publications to improve the American public's economic literacy - a subject that is shockingly missing from most government schools. Through insightful commentary on business cycle conditions, inflation (using their non-manipulated measure) and good old common sense advice regarding personal finances, AIER is the refuge for the layperson looking for an alternative to the agenda-based economic reporting exhibited by mainstream media outlets.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became an AIER member 40 years ago when I was finishing my degree in Economics. AIER research and analysis deepened my understanding of economic conditions and policy. Now retired, I still receive their email newsletters. Their research is still an essential resource for me, and I will continue to support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have bought the low-cost AIER economic education publications for over 55 years. AIER produces clear, unbiased, trustworthy, conservative information that allows readers both to grasp what is happening in the economy and to handle their own savings and investments in a productive way. Donating to a deserving non-profit is always rewarding, but I have found few other non-profits where the rewards to the donor are both as spiritual and as practical .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best source for economic information. All Americans should take advantage of this valuable resource.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIER gives me a measure of much needed confidence about the economic decisions I have to make. I have no training in economics but find their reports interesting and readable. Their booklet 'If Something Should Happen' encouraged me to finally make arrangements for any future disability. sd.ogj1@gmail.com

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An organization that provides unbiased, fact based research on many different economic and investment issues. A tremendous resource for people of little or much knowledge regarding economics, but with a desire to learn or enhance their knowledge. I have found that they are a great way to your children and their spouses a working knowledge of economics. Either directly or indirectly, depending on the way your children are more likely to absorb knowledge from you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the early stages of my working and earning life I became acquainted with AIER through a gift of some publications from an "old" uncle. While I had little or no money to invest I found the information on gold, inflation, insurance and investment interesting and refreshingly logical so I subscribed to the publications for a number of years. I was convinced of the unbiased but in-depth nature of the information that was easily readable to a person not trained in investment and economic matters. But after some years other priorities came to the forefront and while I did not forget the education that came to me through this source, I failed to renew my subscriptions. Then about two years ago I became seriously concerned with preserving the modest retirement fund that I accumulated and decided to look up AIER in an internet search. I found the organization going forward with up-to-date useful information on personal economic matters, and have become a very satisfied client of the wholly owned for profit American Investment Services Inc.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIER is a source of economic research and opinion, untainted by the usual contaminants. They do not take money from the Government, they do not accept money from Industry, They are not beholden to any institution of higher learning. The staff and fellows objectively research and write about topics of importance in our world and economy. Their presentation is comprehensible to the average interested reader and makes sense in the context of what we witness in our daily lives. Their analysis of the economic indicators on a monthly basis is one of the most important sources of information I have and I read it without fail. If government would take note of this unfailing source of economic sanity and hold financial policy up to its light, many mistakes in the public sector could be avoided.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found AIER to be unbiased, rational, and very thorough in their analysis of economic issues. They have taught me a great deal.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first stumbled upon AIER during an MBA project in 2002 and have been a devoted reader since. Their unbiased, scientific approach to research delivers straight-forward explanations of economic issues relevant to everyday life. I have used what I've learned from AIER writings on many occasions to educate friends on a specific topic or to win an argument over the impacts of a particular policy. I was very happy to see that AIER is now sending their reports to members of Congress. I doubt these reports gets read very often at that level, but hopefully at least a few staffers will find the value that I have and will work some of the AIER recommendations into their Boss's briefing binder.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

.I learned about AIER in 1955 when my wife took a class at the Wharton School and I was a medical student with nothing to invest. Nevertheless, it made so much sense that I subscribed and have continued ever since. The unbiased straight explanation of the economic facts of life has benefitted us greatly!


W B Harer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of AIER in 1966 back when I was in college. Col. Harwood’s explanation, then, of how the business cycle worked was an “ah ha” experience for me. Those early Economic Education Bulletins remain gems to this day. (I wish some of them were still available.) Thanks to AIER my father had the confidence to put the proceeds from the sale of his house into Swiss franks in what was then the Swiss Bank Corporation --- and the result was a comfortable next egg for my mom for decades. Today, AIER remains my “go to” source in sorting out many of the ridiculous policies foisted on us by our Washington rulers. AIER has never led me astray. Thank you, AIER. Ron Housley, Buxton, Maine

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been reading the Research Reports of AIER for several decades. The monthly subscription includes several Educational Bulletins annually. How have I benefitted?

Since I am not a financial professional, I have learned a lot about economics in USA. Their publications are easy to read & understand, reflecting their fundamental research, rather than shallow hype & nonsense in so much of the "popular" media who have a different objective. It has enebled me to make good financial & investment decisions & helped guide my estate plans. I continue subscribing as I have a lot of confidence in their information & suggest that you also consider AIER. Cost is reasonable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have been following this Organisation for quite few years, and really happy about to the point, good explanation articles and database of all the indicators about economy. There are lot of websites about economy, finance and investment on the internet, but this is few of my favorite website to follow as its unbiased and one stop site for good understanding of the economy and where its heading to.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed the advice of AIER for many years. Their Economic Education Bulletin "How to Settle an Estate" in August 2007 was a step-by-step set of procedures that were so well laid out that the lawyer handling the case was amazed at how prepared we were at a difficult and emotional time. Additionally, their Research Report on "Financial Derivatives and the Recent Financial Crisis" was so well written and easy to understand that I have directed many co-workers to the article during debates regarding what went wrong in 2008. If you diligently read their information month-by-month, over the years you will be able to understand true financial experts compared to financial film-flam artists.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I picked up a used copy of AIER's "How to Avoid Financial Tangles" at a local fair. It introduced me to so many new financial concepts and inspired me to learn more. Now I spend my fun time researching finance. I never knew tax law could be fun. Seriously! AIER gives the public interesting information without an agenda. And best of all they make it simple and easy to understand. As I said before, I became interested in tax-law. How often does that happen! By the way I'm in my early twenties, so I know that this will only be the start of my interest in economics. The AIER did that! :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The non-biased economic reporting and is a change from partisan reporting.

Mark77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a member for years and follow their writings with interest. I would describe their advise / research findings as, honest and impartial. They are not beholding to advertisers and always seem to me, to make great sense. Very factual.... not exciting reading but, very good reading. Worth every minute of my time. For some people I'd rate the potential impact of their information to be Life-changing because we are mostly consumers and this info will change the way you look at consuming and investing choices.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very sound analysis and advice. A voice of reason crying in the wilderness of media hype. Have been a subscriber for several years. Am happy AIER has now made their information readily available to everyone. Will continue to help support AIER even though the information is availalbe on-line at no charge. Their publications (booklets) are excellent, and I have given them as gifts to young adults and couples just getting started in life on their own. Steve in KS

Stephen A.

Advisor

Rating: 4

AIER is great for making economics simple(r). And they apply their research to real life situations such as their recent research on College values and my favorite the Everyday Price Index, a much more realistic price gauge that the CPI which has become little more than government baloney. When I am reading AIER research I feel like I am reading info that has been produced outside of the USA because it has no slant at all and doesn't make a point so much as give you information you can use. Just so that you know why I read stuff like this, I am a former high school economics teacher(as well as English), a former stock broker/financial planner and a current insurance agent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AIER provides clear, easy to understand, information on a subject that is critical to our lives but poorly understood: economics. Yes, that sounds dull, even dismal, but AIER publications provide descriptions and facts from a perspective that is relevant and useful. This is quite a change from the common choices for economic news: 1) 'sales pitch' or 2) political opinion. They were founded back in the depression when a lot of bad ideas were promoted as 'solutions' ... rather like today. Their explanations and facts provide a solid foundation for understanding what matters in your personal decision making.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AIER "tells it like it is" by giving unbiased, nonpartisan information about economics which truly educates those fortunate to receive their information. AIER is now reaching out to more people and, very importantly to our governmental leaders and decision makers. Hopefully, their educational efforts will be successful and result in a strong and bright future for the USA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an investment advisor for 18 years, and a subscriber/donor to AIER fof over 10. Their detailed, unbiased insights have aided me time and again. Not only in how I manage accounts, but where it REALLY counts in my business and charity work... educating others. I have bounced around from resource to resource over the years, but AIER has been a consistent, objective rudder through many years of foggy "white noise". JJRob

Jim_35

Donor

Rating: 4

I have an advanced degree in physics and consequently have used mathematics often in my career. I observe that AIER is the only entity publishing for laymen with a science-based approach to explaining economics. They are careful not to make speculative claims, unlike many 'experts' in this field. They offer an interesting contrast to the majority of is available to the general public from the media.

Kirk H.

Donor

Rating: 4

AIER has been in my life since before I can remember. Though I never got a degree in economics, I owe my financial literacy to AIER. Today, I live in Southern California, my wife and I are raising two children on one income, and are saving for retirement. AIER gave me an appreciation for the importance of saving and low personal debt. We are weathering the poor economy and high cost of living, particularly here. I am encouraged by the consistent, principled, and timely instruction the AIER newsletter provide me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a subscriber to AIER and AIS publications and newsletters for many years. Can't remember who got me started but my departed father-in-law was a long-time subscriber well before me, so it's sort of in the family. The people at AIER and AIS are good, very good. They almost alone among many make clear what is going on in the economies of the United States and the world. On a personal level, AIS has sold me on conservative passive investing. On a wider level, AIER explains that the best occurs when sound, objective, apolitical thoughtfulness is brought to bear on economic planning and problem solving. For sound economic thinking, no organization beats AIER.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have received your bulletins and other publications for several years. I have found them to be very useful in understanding various economic issues. I have used them in discussions with clients and have referred them to your website. Your analysis is unbiased and easy to understand. Keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a subscriber to AIER's newsletter and economic research reports for several years. As a certified public accountant I have used some their publications to become better acquainted with insurance, investment strategies, public policy and the motivating factors which caused some of the historically siginificant changes in laws that affect our economy. I also highly value their economic forecasts and have found AIER to be the most reliable source of available economic data. To me AIER definitely qualifies as a "Great Nonprofit".

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first made a donation to this organization a couple of years ago in order to receive their information. I was pleasantly surprised at their commitment to provide unbiased information on a range of topics, and I have come to trust their analyses. I also greatly appreciate their books, e-books, and other materials. I look to them for continued unbiased information, and I am thrilled that they are taking their information to the general public (free-of-charge) in order to better get needed information to everyone. Hopefully people will read it and understand that Federal government business-as-usual is not the answer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My age 27 daughter has a Masters degree and is a certified interventionist as a special education teacher. It's amazing to discover that after all of this educational background, my daughter is still starving for personal finance and retirement planning information. The little that she's found has been on her own and is asking me for assistance. Through the readily available resources at AIER, we can do "one stop shopping" for the needed information. Knowing that the material is disseminated without bias or political slant, is very reassuring and provides a high confidence level.

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have been an active financial advisor for 32 years. I came across AIER about 10 or 12 years ago. I have been very pleased using there materials with my clients. The Bulletins they produce are terrific and very helpful as an independant resource. I specifically like and use bulletins regarding social security, medicare and overall planning for retirement.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm always looking for honest, understandable guidance as I navigate the murky economic waters. I'm tired of being spun by politicians, policy wonks, and media personalities. AIER presents the facts as they are on numberous topics I find very useful. These topics have been used as a guide for my personal and business growth. I would recommend joining the AIER organization and see for yourself how valuable a tool they can be.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I used to write for AIER years ago, but even though I've moved on, I still read, enjoy, and circulate a lot of their work. The advantage they have is that they are not so vested in the political process. They are in the business of education, not lobbying, and they bring a more neutral stance to current events. They also target their work to individual action—as in, what can you do? The only drawback is that their articles can be a little dry and academic, and I imagine some people would have a hard time following and engaging with it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many years ago I was seeking an un-biased viewpoint about the American and International economy and economic situation.
I stumbled upon the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER.)
What I found was a gem of an organization with deep and clear written dialogue.
Over the years I have found the advice to be sound and unwavering as we, as a country, passed through generations of different political parties in “power.”
The monthly and other publications of the AIER are excellent and the annual membership in this non-profit are reasonable, considering the expert staff and publications produced.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found myself unexpectedly responsible for the administration of
my parents' estate, I turned to AIER's booklet on estate
administration which became my indispensable daily companion.

As my focus then turned to managing the family investment portfolio,
the AIER book on how to invest wisely made it possible to make sound
investment decisions with confidence. As it became further necessary
to deal with issues of estate planning, insurance, social security
elections, avoiding financial pitfalls, and negotiating for financial
services, AIER was always ready as my first source for levelheaded advice.

Their publications provide the kind of knowledge one would pay for
handsomely from an advisor. Better still, obtaining the knowledge for
myself rather than relying on others had enabled me to conduct my
affairs with self-assurance. It is indisputable that AIER has
enhanced my life.

Donor

Rating: 4

This is a great non-profit which has started to really engage the public with its financial literacy and economics programs. This is the real deal when it comes to sound economics and clear explanations of what is going on in the world.