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via Real Collegio 30
10024 Moncalieri, Italy

CNR-IRCrES (Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth) was set up in 1956 with the acronym of CERIS and it is now the main institute of CNR specialised socio-economic analysis. During this long history its activities and competencies evolved and enriched, following the needs of the society:

  • 1960s: economics of firms and management
  • 1970s: industrial organization
  • 1980s: economics of innovation and policy
  • 1990s: local development
  • 2000s: science institutions and policies, energy economics and environment
  • 2010s agro systems with growing weight of social and political aspects
  • Now attention to the historical-cultural dimension

This process resulted in a stratification of competencies and favoured a strong attitude towards multidisciplinary and demand driven approach to research. The methodological approach is characterised by:

  • a micro-economic approach with support from other disciplines such as sociology, political science, economic history, psychology, anthropology
  • quantitative methodologies (econometric models) and data sources (e.g.. balance sheets, labour market data-bases) supported by qualitative techniques (interviews, questionnaires, case studies)
  • New methods: econometric models applied to social enquiries, action research, focus groups, composite indicators, simulation, counterfactual evaluation….

    The main fields of the on-going research are organized along 3 main research areas:

  •  Evolution of the industrial system in Italy and Europe
  •  Organization and sustainability of large social systems in modern societies
  •  Socio-economic analysis of environmental issues

    and 2 cross-cutting research approaches:

  •  Assessment of technological innovation
  •  Evaluation of public policies

via Real Collegio 30

10024 Moncalieri



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