IRES (Institut de recherches économiques et sociales - Institute for Economic and Social Research) is a research center of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), 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). It promotes interaction between fundamental research, applied research and policy recommendations in economics. It publishes articles in leading international journals and have solid experience in advising policy makers and international institutions on varied issues related to the labor market, economic forecasts, macroeconomic policies, growth and development, migration policies, trade policies etc. 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: Research in macroeconomics, Labor economics, social policies and evaluation, Research in international economics, Research on interdisciplinary topics. Through a set of events such as conferences, workshops, seminars, IRES provides a forum for discussion of the latest research. These events bring together IRES staff, other faculty members, policymakers, students, and members of other interest groups 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: the series Regards Economiques, though which IRES members are getting more and more involved in socio-economic debates, the Service d’Analyse Economique that produces a detailed analysis of short-term economic prospects in Belgium, complemented with forecasts, and the Forum de Politique Economique, whose objective of is to incite IER members to popularize their research and stress their policy implications.

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Collège L. H. Dupriez,3 Place Montesquieu, Box L2.06.01
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
T: +32 (0)10 474143