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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

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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

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.

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.