Research in the EERI is organised around eight thematic groups. All research groups consist of academics with established international reputations. EERI's research activities are supported by the facilities of the participating universities and external funds, such as European Commission and national governments.
Research in Comparative
The group focuses on current research in institutional economics and closely related research in fields such as economic transition, economic development, economic theory, law and economics, political economics, and economic history. Topics include both theoretical analysis of institutions and empirical studies of the effects and determinants of institutions.
Research in Econometrics
The research in Econometrics focuses on both theoretical and applied econometric research. Topics include estimation and testing of spatial and panel models, qualitative choice models, dynamic nonlinear models, rational expectations models, stationary time series models, and integrated and co-integrated processes.
Research in Industrial Organization
The research in Industrial Organisation focuses on the economics of market structure, the role of mergers and merger policy, technological change and diffusion, advertising, the economics of the retail sector, and antitrust policy.
Research in International, Development, and Comparative Economics
All aspects of international economics, including the economics of developing countries and comparative systems, are covered in the International, Development, and Comparative Economics group. Topics include European security and economic development, the theoretical underpinning of share tenancy contracts, international debt problems, foreign-exchange markets, trade theory and commercial policies, economies of scale and trade, impact of increasing integration by the European Community, incentives in socialist systems, and the break-up of the labour-managed system in Former Soviet Union.
Research in Labour Economics
The research in Labour Economics is focused on theoretical and empirical research on labour markets and the distribution of income and opportunity. Topics include employer behaviour, work and family issues, the structure of earnings, discrimination, unions and collective bargaining, and unemployment. Substantial attention is devoted to the analysis of labour market policy issues.
Research in Macroeconomics and Growth
Analysis of business cycle fluctuations and longer term economic growth issues are the focus of this research group. Topics covered include microeconomic foundations of macroeconomic behaviour, individual rationality, expectations formation, real and nominal business cycle models, fiscal and monetary policy, the determinants of productivity and growth, and open economy macroeconomic issues.
Research in Microeconomic Theory
This research group focuses on current issues in microeconomic theory with a particular emphasis on game theory and the economics of information.
Research in Public Economics
The research in Public Economics involves a large group of faculty and students from the participating universities working on public finance, public choice, and public sector economics. Recent research in this group has focused, for example, on the theory of clubs and the organisation of local government, fiscal federalism and competition among jurisdictions, production functions for education and other public services, tax incidence, voting models and the theory of collective choice, and the theory of constitutions, referenda, and political decision-making.