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Inaugurated on November 30, 1991, ECARES (European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics) is a joint initiative of the Institut d'Etudes Européennes (IEE) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a network of around 500 researchers in Europe. In the Fall of 1997, ECARE then merged with the Centre d'Economie Mathématique et d'Econométrie, CEME, which had been founded at ULB in the 1970's, with as purpose to foster international quantitative research in economics at ULB. And in the Fall of 1999, the collaboration with statisticians from ULB's Institut de Statistique et de Recherche Opérationnelle (ISRO) was officialized by the transformation of ECARE into ECARES, the 'European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics'. These two institutional developments of the last years have thus gone in the same direction: strengthening the connection between research in economics, econometrics and statistics while keeping our commitment to excellence and internationalization. One mission of ECARES is to encourage high-quality research in economics with special emphasis on policy issues relevant to Western and Eastern Europe, and to provide a meeting place for academics, professional economists, and civil servants from the EC Commission. On the academic side, ECARES keeps serving as a force of attraction to recruit at ULB a number of non-Belgian researchers of international reputation, who have taught in the best universities in the world. Combined with the extensive international experience of the Belgian researchers at ECARES, this feature gives our research centre a diversity which is among the highest in Europe. In 2006, ECARES and the Center for Operation Research and Econometrics (CORE) of the Université Catholique de Louvain signed an agreement that associates both institutions in a center of excellence called ECORE. ECORE integrates the research activities and the doctoral programs of both institutions. It promotes their position on the international scene in the fields of economics, finance, operations research, econometrics and statistics.
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