think tank


Definition of think tank

: an institute, corporation, or group organized to study a particular subject (such as a policy issue or a scientific problem) and provide information, ideas, and advice an information technology think tank … was responsible for the armies of new political-action committees, lobbyists and rightward think tanks that poured into Washington to counter the consumer and environmental movements he helped to inspire.— Jonathan Rowe

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The first and thus far only serious effort to fill out the policy side came in a report from Greg Carlock at the upstart think tank Data For Progress. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 The analysis, by the pro-labor think tank Economic Policy Institute, builds on a recent MIT study that at first said that Uber drivers made an average of $3.37 an hour, then revised that figure to a median $8.55 an hour. Levi Sumagaysay,, "Study finds Uber drivers make less than minimum wage," 18 May 2018 An analysis of the Hodmezovasarhely vote by think tank Political Capital., "Why Hungary's Vote Is No Cakewalk for Orban This Time," 6 Apr. 2018 Broidy bankrolled that conference and contributed to the financing of a second conference hosted on a similar theme in October by another think tank, the Hudson Institute. Time, "A Witness in the Mueller Probe Allegedly Sent Millions to a Trump Fundraiser to Push a UAE Agenda," 26 Mar. 2018 Sixteen states now have at least one statewide program, according to a report by the progressive think tank The Century Foundation. Karen Farkas,, "Ohio not among states offering debt-free college programs," 13 Mar. 2018 The typical private company should not be expected to be particularly skilled at such political forecasting, and certainly not more skilled than specialist think tanks, universities, and government actors. Joseph Kalt, Fortune, "Climate Proposals Have No Effect on Shareholder Returns. My Research Proves It," 5 June 2018 But matters are actually worse than any of these numbers would suggest, according to a 2018 report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a think tank that looks at public policy through the lens of gender. Anna North, Vox, "You’ve heard that women make 80 cents to men’s dollar. It’s much worse than that.," 2 Apr. 2019 Six hundred million people are dealing with high to extreme water shortage, according to a report by Niti Aayog, a policy think tank for the Indian government. Swati Gupta, CNN, "India facing its worst water shortage in history, report says," 15 June 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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: an organization that consists of a group of people who think of new ideas on a particular subject or who give advice about what should be done

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