Finding policy answers that fit complex situations and crises

Systemic Analysis for Better Policy
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We urgently need a bipartisan
‘Break Glass Plan’ for the US socioeconomic system.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken our economy to the core. First interventions have helped some individuals and businesses, while leaving many gaps that are threatening our society and, ultimately, our financial system stability to an extent that could be much larger than in 2008. Watch our video below to understand what is happening and how things could be fixed.

A systems approach Рto better understand  and explain reality


We always look at systems, evaluating interrelated (and often unintended) consequences of policy.


We have no political affiliation or hidden agenda, our goal is a better society for all Americans.


We try to find the most feasible path given the practical constraints to achieve the desired results’

The Systemic Economic
Response Initiative

SERI is a coalition of economic experts and organizations formed in Q2/2020 to apply their knowledge of systems science to inform viable pathways forward during the pandemic and related macroeconomic crises. The main principals are economist Hannes Kunz and systems analyst Nate Hagens of the organizations IIER and ISEOF respectively. SERI has no commercial ties or interests and is solely focused on the stability of our socio-economic system, as a stepping stone towards better longer term outcomes.

Nate Hagens, PhD

Nate Hagens, PhD


Nate Hagens is a member of the Board of Directors of the Systemic Economic Response Initiative. He holds a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and a Masters Degree in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago. Previously he was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. He served on the Board of Post Carbon Institute (PCI) and the Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future (ISEOF), parent of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular websites for analysis and discussion of global energy issues, currently engaged with energy and systems literacy and education

Hannes Kunz, PhD

Hannes Kunz, PhD


Hannes Kunz holds Masters degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Zurich, and a PhD in Economics from St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Before founding IIER, he worked as a senior exectutive in a number of industries and as a partner in international management consulting companies with assignments in Europe, the Americas and in Asia. His research focus lies on finance, debt and on energy delivery systems.

Lew Blank

Lew Blank

Research Associate

Lew Blank is a Research Associate for the Systemic Economic Response Initiative and currently a Master of Public Affairs student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds degrees in Political Science and Journalism, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Blank is also a senior advisor for Data for Progress. His research and writing focuses on policy and public opinion.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the motivation behind your initiative?

We consider the current political answers to the crisis insufficient given the complex nature of the problem. Our initiative is aimed at helping improve the next rounds of support for the economy to get the best result with the money spent, supporting as many individuals and businesses as ever possible with the least amount of money

Do you have any political affiliation?

SERI is strictly non-political and neutral, we are driven by science and analysis, and our main objective is to improve the lives of as many people as possible – in the United States and elsewhere.

Who funds your work?

Our work is funded by donations from individuals and from institutional grants. None of our funders have any say on the direction or content of our work, and we do not accept grants that include such instructions.

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