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The European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) is a research center created in 1991 at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The broad objective of ECARES is to foster excellence in research and high-quality graduate education in economics, econometrics and statistics.

In close connection with its research activities, ECARES has developed a Doctoral School, which offers internationally competitive, high quality PhD programs in Economics and Statistics and in Quantitative Economics and attracts many first-class European and non-European students. ECARES fellows are leading researchers in a number of fields, including the behavior and organization of firms and markets, international trade, political economy, theory and empirics of household behavior, theory and applications of econometrics, development of nonparametric and robust statistical methods. Many ECARES researchers have received grants from the European Research Council (ERC) and other prestigious prizes and awards. (read more



We are proud and delighted to announce that our colleague Bram De Rock is, together with his longtime co-authors and friends Laurens Cherchye and Frederic Vermeulen, the laureate of the 2019 Francqui prize in human sciences. This prize is awarded every three years and recognises their pathbreaking research in analysing individual well-being. On June 6 the laureates will receive the prize from His Majesty the King. 

 For more information on Bram and his research, I invite you to read here the press release and more detailed information on the laureates and their research issued today by the Francqui Foundation.




The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) was founded in 1983 to enhance the quality of economic policy-making within Europe and beyond, by fostering high quality, policy-relevant economic research, and disseminating it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Today, CEPR’s network of Research Fellows and Affiliates includes over 1,000 of the top economists conducting research on issues affecting the European economy. Researchers are based in their home institutions (universities, research institutes, central bank research departments, and international organisations), and collaborate through the Centre in the pursuit of policy-relevant economic research and dissemination activities. 

CEPR organises approximately 80 meetings a year, and produces over 700 discussion papers, reports and books. The headquarters of CEPR are based in London and until now London was also the main place to organise the meetings. From 2019 onwards, CEPR will organise together with ECARES several dissemination meetings in Brussels.


Ecares is happy to announce that the European Research Council has given one its advanced grants to Paola Conconi for her project "Trade Agreements and Supply Chains”. 


We are proud to announce that our colleague Estelle Cantillon received a Francqui chair of the Université Saint-Louis.  The inaugural lesson will take place on March 11 and is entitled “En revisitant Hayek: comment concevoir les marchés pour qu'ils atteignent leurs objectifs”.  More details can be found on  


  The following is a link to an 8 lectures web based course on the basics of the theory of economic regulation matched by a wide range of examples to highlight the practical relevance of the theory as well as its limits. Each lecture takes about an hour and is split in 5 to 6 modules to make it easy for you to manage your time.