The Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) is the largest economics research institute in Greece. It focuses on applied research projects regarding the Greek economy, and provides technical advice to the Greek government and the country's regional authorities on economic and social policy issues. It is governed by a board of directors appointed by the Minister for Economy and Development; and the research staff concentrates on four areas of empirical research:
- macroeconomic analysis and projections,
- fiscal and monetary policy,
- human resources and social policies,
- sectoral analyses and policies.
The Centre’s research output consists primarily of its publications. These are currently organised under the following series:
• Studies, i.e., monographs which investigate specific economic issues through the application of modern analytical methods,
- reports, i.e., works which analyse in a systematic manner sectoral, regional, or national economic issues,
- discussion papers, i.e., papers on ongoing research projects,
- research collaborations, i.e., research projects prepared in cooperation with other research institutes,
- both a monthly and a four-monthly review, entitled Greek economy and Greek economic outlook, respectively.
Apart from the above publications, KEPE has been very active in the production of unpublished studies, reports and position papers assigned by ministries or other bodies, aimed at supporting economic policy decisions. Moreover, KEPE runs a specialised research library, with a rich collection of Greek and international books and journals in economics and social sciences at large. In addition, KEPE is in contact with similar foreign institutions, and exchanges publications, views and information on current economic developments and research methods.