IRES Research activities are mainly organized around 9 topics:
- Demographic economics
- Development economics
- Evaluation of Public policies
- International migration and trade
- Labor economics
- Non-profit economics
These rely on a variety of methodologies, such as applied theory, quantitative theory, applied econometrics, randomized control trials, and natural experiments.
Through a set of events such as conferences, workshops, seminars, IRES provides a forum for discussion of the latest research. Our events bring together IRES staff, other faculty members, policymakers, students, and members of other interest groups
Several members of IRES are involved in editorial activities for international journals. In addition, IRES together with Cambridge University Press publishes the Journal of Demographic Economics, which welcomes papers in the field of study that lies at the intersection of economics and population studies.
Interactions with decision makers
Some members have a solid experience in advising policy makers and international institutions on a varied set of issues related to the labor market, the business cycle and macroeconomic policies, growth and development, migration or trade policy.
In addition to occasional reports written for international or national institutions, IRES provides two products that are of direct relevance for policy and decision makers out of the university:
- Through our series Regards économiques, IRES members are involved in socio-economic debates
- Every quarter, the Service d’Analyse Economique produces a detailed analysis of short-term economic prospects in Belgium, complemented with forecasts,