Research Centers Affiliated with the Department of Finance

Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA)

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) supports original research and educational programs focusing on real estate and urban residential, development, and commercial properties in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area and throughout the United States. The Washington metropolitan area has become the model of walkable urban development in the U.S.

It is also developing rapidly as a center of research and business innovation, and GWSB has forged close relationships with and between many real estate developers, national real estate trade associations (most of which are headquartered in D.C.), investors and government organizations. The fruits of these partnerships include consulting opportunities for faculty, grants and funding opportunities for the School’s programs, and internships and full-time placements for students.


Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC)

The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC), formerly known as the Global Center for Financial Literacy (GCFL), has positioned itself to be the world’s leading center for financial literacy research and policy. Through rigorous scholarship and research, wide-reaching education, and global policy and services, the Center works with partners in Washington, D.C., throughout the United States, and across the globe to raise the level of financial knowledge.

GFLEC builds on more than ten years of academic research by Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, an early contributor to financial literacy as a field of study. By virtue of its location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Center is positioned to directly influence policymakers. GFLEC seeks to make research findings more accessible to policymakers and practitioners in order to help shape national and international dialogue around financial literacy.