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American Institute For Economic Research Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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.