Top Economics Think Tanks and Research Institutes in Europe
If you're an economist looking for the very best think tanks and research institutes in Europe, look no further, you're in the right place. Here's our top ten list to help you out:
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The CEPR is a think tank that focuses on economic policy-making, particularly within Europe. It is organised as a “thinknet”, meaning it's mostly comprised of a network of economists who are affiliated with the research centre but not directly employed by it. It does also have a smaller team of in-house research staff. Most of the work undertaken is collaborative.
The IZA is a research institute with a focus on labour economics. It strives to use academic research to influence policy and, more specifically, raise awareness of labour issues. Its mission is to achieve a fair balance of wealth, both between individuals and society.
The German Institute for Economic Research is a prominent research institution that works on the economics and social aspects of current events 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.
The Information and Research Institute (IFO) is part of the Center for Economic Studies in Munich. Its focus is on the applied economic research, aiming to build bridges between academic research and public discussion and policy. It works on both European and global issues, including energy and climate, public finance, and labour economics.
The Research Institute of Industrial Economics is a foundation for research on trade and industry. More specifically it looks into topics like entrepreneurship, the effect of globalization on businesses, the economics of the service sector, and energy economics.
This research institution works in the areas of economics and sociology. Its aim is to understand economic and social change in an internationalised context, in order to inform policy-making. Its work places particular focus on the relationship between Ireland and the European Union.
The Leibniz Institute for Economic Research carries out research in the areas of economic development and its catalysts; provides assistance to policymakers, and promotes economic literacy among the public. It specialises in labour economics, health economics, the environment, and macroeconomics.
This organisation conducts research in the areas of applied economics, theoretical economics, and other related fields including econometrics. It has strong collaborative links with Canada, and covers both European and global issues.
The Institute for Employment Research focuses on the labour market and uses its research to advise political actors and policymakers. It employs sociologists and other social scientists in addition to economists. Most of its work looks at labour market changes within both international and regional contexts.
Bruegel is a think tank with a focus on macroeconomics and national and international governance. Generally, it covers topics like financial regulation and energy and climate. It also enjoys extensive public outreach and provides information for lay people on current affairs topics such as Brexit and the management of the Euro.
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Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is the sum of all goods and services that a country produces in a given year, adjusted - to make it comparable to previous years - for inflation. In many ways, though, it has become much more than that. It has become the barometer of a country’s progress, an indicator of a land’s prosperity, and the ultimate yardstick for assessing living standards. Some have even gone as far as describing it as 'the statistic to end all statistics'. When growing (at expected rates), politicians refer to it as proof of the success of their policies.
The Top Economics Blogs
There are many excellent economics blogs out there. Whether you want to read commentaries on economic policy, find out what people are currently researching, or simply keep up to date with the latest economic happenings across the world, there are blogs for all tastes. Economics bloggers vary widely from individual students and professors sharing their thoughts on the state of the profession to blogging superstars like Greg Mankiw, Paul Krugman and Tyler Cowen, whose analyses are backed by years of experience and a deep knowledge of the field.
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