Wharton Research Centers

Wharton’s 20+ research centers and initiatives serve as a hub for exchange and study where faculty, students, and members of the business community address pressing global business challenges.  Their work generates courses, academic programs, community outreach, working papers, published research, and partnerships among academics, industry, and government.

Analytics, AI & Data Science

Analytics at Wharton

Eric T. Bradlow, Vice Dean

Behavioral Economics

Behavior Change for Good Initiative

Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman, Co-Directors

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship

Lori Rosenkopf
Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

William and Phyllis Mack Institute for Innovation Management

Nicolaj Siggelkow, Harbir Singh, and Christian Terwiesch, Co-Directors

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative

Witold (Vit) Henisz, Vice Dean and Faculty Director

Family Business

Wharton Global Family Alliance

Raphael (Raffi) Amit, Director


Harris Family Alternative Investments Program

Bilge Yilmaz, Academic Director

Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research

Christopher Geczy and Craig MacKinlay, Academic Directors

Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research

Itamar Drechsler and Luke Taylor, Co-Directors

Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance

David Musto, Director

Health Economics

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Rachel Werner, Executive Director

Human Resources

Center for Human Resources

Peter Cappelli, Director

Insurance & Pension

Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research

Olivia S. Mitchell, Director

Pension Research Council

Olivia S. Mitchell, Executive Director


Center for Leadership and Change Management

Michael Useem, Director

Operations Management

Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management

Morris A. Cohen and Marshall L. Fisher, Co-Directors

Public Policy

Penn Wharton Budget Model

Kent Smetters, Faculty Director

Wharton Initiative on Financial Policy and Regulation (WIFPR)

Peter Conti-Brown and Itay Goldstein, Co-Directors

Real Estate

Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center

Joseph E. Gyourko, Director


Jay H. Baker Retailing Center

Thomas S. Robertson, Director