Top Economics Think Tanks and Research Institutes in Europe

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If you're an economist and you're looking for the very best think tanks and research institutes in Europe, here's our top ten list to help you out:

1. Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London, United Kingdom

A think tank with a focus on economic policy-making, particularly within Europe. It is organised as a “thinknet”, meaning it is a network of economists who are affiliated with the research centre but not directly employed by it who work together on collaborative projects across Europe, but it does also have a smaller team of in-house research staff.

2. Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Bonn, Germany

The IZA is a research institute with a focus on labor economics, striving to bring findings from academic research into policy and to raise social awareness of labor issues. It aims to achieve a fair balance of wealth, both between individuals and between individuals and society, through the use of evidence-based policy advice.



3. DIW Berlin (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung)

Berlin, Germany

The German Institute for Economic Research is a prominent research institution which works on the economics and social aspects of current events and issues, in order to produce evidence-based policy advice. This includes advice in the areas of sustainability and the environment, industrial economics, and forecasting future economic conditions.

4. ifo Institut - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München

München, Germany

The Information and Research Institute (IFO) is part of the Center for Economic Studies in Munich. It focused on the area of applied economic research, building bridges between academic research and public discussion and policy. It works on both European and global issues, including topics of energy and climate, public finance, and labor economics.

5. Institutet för Näringslivsforskning (IFN)

Stockholm, Sweden

The Research Institute of Industrial Economics is a foundation for research which is relevant to trade and industry. This includes topics in entrepreneurship, the effect of globalization on businesses, the economics of the emerging service sector, and energy economics with a particular focus on electricity.

6. Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Dublin, Ireland

This research institution works in the areas of economics and sociology to understand economic and social change in a recently internationalised context, in order to inform policy-making. It has a focus on the relationship between Ireland and the European Union in particular.

7. RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

Essen, Germany

The Leibniz Institute for Economic Research performs research in the area of economic development and its catalysts, provides assistance to policy makers, and promotes economic literacy among the public. It specialises in labor economics, health economics, environment, and macroeconomics.

8. Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA)

Rimini, Italy

This organisation conducts research in the areas of applied economics, theoretical economics, and other related fields including econometrics. It has strong collaborative links between Italy and Canada, and covers both European and global issues.

9.  Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB)

Nürnberg, Germany

The Institute for Employment Research focuses on labor market research to facilitate the advising of political actors and policy makers. It employs sociologists and other social scientists in addition to economists, and includes the study of how the labor market changes in reaction to international and regional changes.

10. Bruegel

Brussels, Belgium

An economic think tank with a focus on macroeconomics and national and international governance, in addition to topics such as financial regulation and energy and climate. It has a strength in public outreach and provides information for lay people on current affairs topics such as Brexit or the management of the Euro.


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