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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

ECORES  is happy to invite you to its first ECORES chair on  Should Governments Control What We Eat?  by Rachel Griffith (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Manchester University)

In this lecture series Professor Griffith will discuss what different types of policies, aimed at reducing obesity, might achieve in terms of reducing long-run inequalities in health, social and economic outcomes.

• Thursday April 19, 18:00-19:30: Inaugural lecture: "Should the Government Control What We Eat?”.  (ULB, room R42.5.503), will be followed by a cocktail in the cafeteria of the R42.
• Monday April 23, 11:00-13:00: "Self-control in Food Purchases”. (ULB, room R42.2.113).
• Tuesday April 24, 16:00-18:00: "Tax Design for Sin Goods". (UCLouvain, room Doyens 22).
• Thursday April 26, 11:00-13:00: "Habit Formation in Sugar Consumption”. (Vlerick Business School campus Leuven-Vlamingenstraat 83-3000 Leuven-Lecture room: A-1.02).

 Registration is free but compulsory: or send an email to Nancy : This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Every fourth year, economists at the IEE nominate an economist from Cambridge or Oxford to be the holder of the Chair Ganshof van der Meersch. This year, Sanjeev Goyal is the recipient of the chair.

Sanjeev will give a public lecture (“leçon inaugurale”) on Monday April 23 at 6pm at the IEE on the topic “Integration and Diversity”.  The event is open to the public, but it is necessary to register at

Sanjeev will also give the same week three two-hour general lectures (at the IEE) and will be available for meetings (to be organized) with faculty, postdocs or PhD students who may be interested.


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.