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Empirical Research Infrastructure

The empirical analysis of economic decisions is at the core of the IDK’s research agenda. The members of the core faculty closely collaborate with leading national, and international research institutions that produce and analyze micro-level data on individuals and firms..

The ifo Institute, Munich is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. It addresses a wide range of policy questions and has pioneered the survey elicitation of expectations.

The Munich Experimental Laboratory for the Economic and Social Sciences (MELESSA, directed by Martin Kocher and Klaus Schmidt) and the Laboratory for Experimental Research Nuremberg (LERN, directed by Veronica Grimm) offer excellent conditions for experimental research in economics.

The Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA, directed by Axel Börsch-Supan) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich coordinates the Survey on Health, Aging, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and engages in innovative projects on survey methodology such as the collection of biomarkers and linkage of survey and administrative (process) data.

The Institute for Employment Research (IAB), directed by Joachim Möller, is the research institute of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg. The IAB administers several major firm and individual-level surveys and provides process-generated labor market data.

CeMMAP (the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice) is an ESRC Research Centre based at University College London and probably the strongest training facility for microeconometric methods in the world.