IRES is a research center of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). The center was founded in 1928. With the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) and the Institut de Statistique, Biostatistique et Sciences Actuarielles (ISBA), IRES now belongs to the Institute of multidisciplinary research for quantitative modeling and analysis (IMMAQ). 

Within IMMAQ, IRES has its own research policy, affiliated researchers and administrative staff. IRES has about 18 faculty members, 9 experienced researchers and 26 young researchers. Since its creation, IRES has always promoted deep interactions between fundamental research, applied research and policy recommendations in economics. Hence, our staff members publish articles in leading international journals and have a solid experience in advising private and public decisions makers.

Research activities

IRES Research activities rely on varied tools such as pure theoretical models, general equilibrium, computational economics and calibration methods, econometrics, case studies, historical analyses, etc. They are mainly organized around four domains:

    1. Research in macroeconomics
    2. Labor economics, social policies and evaluation,
    3. Research in international economics,
    4. Research on interdisciplinary topics.  


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


Interactions with decision makers

Interactions with decision makers are multiple.  

Our 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 three products that are of direct relevance for policy and decision makers out of the university: 

    1. Through our series Regards Economiques, IRES members are more and more involved in socio-economic debates
    2. Every quarter, the Service d’Analyse Economique produces a detailed analysis of short-term economic prospects in Belgium, complemented with forecasts,
    3. We organize the Forum de Politique Economique, whose objective of is to incite our members to popularize their research and stress their policy implications