Center for Governance and Markets

Analyzing institutional diversity and performance around the world.

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About CGM

Our mission is to understand the diverse institutions and governance arrangements that affect social order and human well-being in the United States and around the world.

We generate knowledge of ways in which individuals and communities overcome challenges to living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. The Center is a hub of a global network of researchers and practitioners in the areas of governance and institutional analysis.


The Center for Governance and Markets creates space for scholars to explore and exchange diverse ideas and produce rigorous research and teaching on the impact of governance institutions, markets, and technology on peaceful coexistence, freedom, and well-being in the United States and around the world.

Our work bridges the gap between theory and real-world problems through fieldwork, interdisciplinary research, and community engagement.


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The Center for Governance and Markets host a variety of events including research workshops, public lectures, and community-based events in Pittsburgh and around the world. 

Our events highlight cutting-edge research and encourage public dialogue and debate with policymakers and thought leaders on some of the world's most pressing concerns, making CGM a global hub for scholars, policymakers, and community leaders. 

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Meet the people of CGM.

The center collaborates with University of Pittsburgh faculty, postdoctoral scholars, researchers and research partners, as well as external research affiliates and field partners. Contact those leading the effort or explore the key stakeholders that help create CGM's research network.