The mission of the Center for Economic Policy (CEP) is to improve the effectiveness of economic policies and programs by providing high quality research insights. Two research programs have been established within the Center. One is on Antitrust and Competition Policy, focusing on the study of interactions of business strategies and market competition, as well as the impact of laws and regulations on competition, business strategies, and the general economy. The other is the Development Economics Action Research (DEAR) Program, which focuses on rigorous evaluation of policy interventions in developing countries. The DEAR Program seeks to become the leading center for such evaluation research in Asia.