Initiated in 1989 and established in 2014, the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) is a public research institute located in Luxembourg under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Integrated into a unified legal framework (law of 3 December 2014) LISER’s missions are to undertake both fundamental and applied research in social sciences that aim to advance knowledge, support public policy both at the national and European level and inform society.
LISER contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge in social and economic matters across the activities of its three research departments "Living Conditions", "Labour Market" and "Urban Development and Mobility".
In parallel, the institute aligns itself with national and European priorities and fosters interdisciplinarity by focusing its research work on three priority research programmes: “Crossing Borders”, "Health and Health Systems" and "Digital Transformation".
LISER hosts two complementary infrastructures, key drivers of its research development and excellence.
- The Data Centre, which consists of two pillars, the data collection capability (direct and indirect data collection), and the data archiving and data management capability.
- The Behavioural and Experimental Economics dedicated to investigating human decision-making by means of experiments performed in controlled environments. Its experimental approach contributes to improving the understanding of human behaviour in a large variety of socioeconomic contexts.
LISER aims to be an internationally recognized socio-economic research institute specializing in the analysis of societal changes. Through its inter-and-multidisciplinary research, it makes a proactive and targeted contribution to the sustainable and inclusive development of societies at the national and international levels.