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Copenhagen Consensus Center

Our Process


We have commissioned some of the world's top economists to help us identify the most effective targets for the post-2015 development agenda. The research themes cover all areas of the UN's High Level Panel Report and the prominent areas identified from a cluster analysis of proposed goals.

The economists have been asked to write academic research papers (assessment papers) that recommend, based on cost-benefit analysis, the best targets as well as identifying some of the poorer suggestions within their thematic area. Each paper is be subject to peer review.


We appreciate that economics, while useful, is just one framework to identify smart targets. To make sure that we capture a diversity of ideas, the Post-2015 Consensus has also invited viewpoints from UN agencies, NGOs, and private sector foundations, to comment on the research findings and provide their own statements.

The assessment papers, the peer reviews and the viewpoints have been released over the course of 2014 and 2015.


The Copenhagen Consensus Centre will present the results to UN missions, governments, media and the general public. We hope to form a consensus around the smartest goals, and the not-so-smart goals, so that we all have the best chance of doing immense good by 2030.