The Center for the Economic Analysis of Law (CEAL) is a non-profit research institute that provides legal and economic analysis of public policy issues. It emphasizes the economic analysis of legal policy options and the development of alternative legal approaches that have more desirable economic consequences. CEAL undertakes these projects under contract with governments, international agencies, and non-governmental bodies or, where appropriate, from its own resources. CEAL has undertaken projects with organizations including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, U.S. Library of Congress (GLIN), Harvard Law School; and with the governments of Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Romania, Jamaica, Ukraine, and El Salvador.
CEAL's work program focuses on the legal and regulatory framework for property rights, including secured transactions, legal impediments to private sector development, and on the development of indicators of reform in these areas.