Scope and role of economic research

The primary focus of the economic research activities of the European Commission, through its Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) is to support policy making. It does this by:

  • developing research tools and analysing data
  • using tools and analysis to help determine priorities and guide and support policy making in the European Commission in general
  • internalising economic knowledge, analysis and tools from the outside and, where appropriate, engaging in debate and discussion, all of which helps in identifying new priorities
  • disseminating and communicating research findings related to the Commission's economic policy priorities, both internally and externally

Research focuses on the functioning of economic and monetary union (EMU).

Research issues range from financial stability in the context of enlargement to the question of how structural reforms undertaken as part of the Lisbon Strategy contribute to macroeconomic performance.

Research also looks at economic implications of ageing populations and covers global economic issues.

Macroeconomic models

QUEST is the global macroeconomic model that the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) uses for macroeconomic policy analysis and research. It is a structural macro-model in the New-Keynesian tradition with rigorous microeconomic foundations derived from utility and profit optimisation and including frictions in goods, labour and financial markets.

More information on QUEST macroeconomic model

Other research tools

Business and consumer surveys
Economic databases

Economic publications