Mission IGIER is committed to foster a community of scholars and a wide array of initiatives that inspire, nurture, and disseminate rigorous empirical and theoretical research in all fields of economics.
IGIER in a Nutshell Launched in 1990 as a project of Bocconi University, the CEPR and the NBER, today IGIER is a dynamic and international research environment in which Affiliates and Fellows, who are Bocconi faculty members in the four departments of Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance, and Public Policy, as well as visiting faculty and students, share ideas and develop research collaborations with a common methodological approach that rejects alike facts without theory and theory without facts.
Through its brand-new Visiting Students Initiative, IGIER supports an innovative program to mentor talented Bocconi MSc students and offers research and tutorial activities that will help them succeed in their professional or academic careers in Italy or abroad. To foster an international research community, IGIER organizes a lively Visiting Faculty program, as well as a seminar series, conferences, and other scientific events. IGIER promotes the dissemination of its scholars' research through a working paper series.
Accomplishments Since its beginnings in the early 1990s, IGIER has contributed to attract to Italy a pool of talented economists from leading universities abroad, who are now Bocconi faculty members. The center is committed to help Bocconi fulfill the mission of hiring outstanding faculty from the very best research institutions worldwide.
IGIER fellows have been and are successful in winning competitive grants, including the prestigious ones awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Science Foundation in the United States. In fact, from 2008 to 2019, 19 IGIER fellows have been awarded the ERC Starting, Consolidator or Advanced research grants. With this achievement, Bocconi belongs to the group of top institutions in Europe for the number of scholars who have been awarded ERC grants in the SH1 panel (Economics, Finance, and Management).
IGIER scholars include Fellows of the Econometric Society, past presidents and current council members of the European Economic Association, members of the editorial boards of leading journals in economics, recipients of prestigious honors and prizes, including the Jahnsson award by the European Economic Association (to the best economist in Europe under 45), the Alfred P. Sloan Research fellowship in the United States (to the best eight young economists), the Carlo Alberto Medal (to the best Italian economist under 40), and the Hicks-Tinbergen Medal to the author of an outstanding article published in the Journal of the European Economic Association.
IGIER scholars publish books with leading publishers and articles in leading academic journals. Its fellows are among the most highly cited scholars according to a variety of academic rankings.
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