As the research centre in applied economics at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, DULBEA works on cutting-edge research projects of interest to economists and policymakers alike.

Since its creation in 1956, organisations in Belgium, Europe, and the world have recognised the centre’s expertise on both policy evaluation and systematic research. With experience investigating public, labour, health, gender, and regional economics, members of DULBEA publish in top English-language economic journals while also producing policy reports in French, Dutch, and English for various state agencies in Belgium and beyond. Our empirical research relies on the use of socio-economic databases, administrative data, confidential employer-employee datasets, and quantitative methods associated with applied econometrics. DULBEA has a team of around twenty people, including full-time and part-time faculty members of ULB and other institutions, as well as graduate students and policy-oriented researchers.

Our current projects, for instance, explore the determinants and mechanisms underlying the recent surge of disabilities and its impact on the labour market, study social security systems and unemployment policies in the federal context, and assess the productivity of firms in different settings. In the IDEAS-REPEC classification, DULBEA ranks 11th in Belgium.


"After many years under the leadership of Professor Robert Plasman, I became the director of DULBEA in January 2017. While it is difficult to step into the shoes of such an adept leader, I plan to continue projects initiated by Professor Plasman while also launching new ventures in policy evaluation with colleagues both at the University and elsewhere. I am especially excited by a new project we started this this year and that uses randomised impact evaluations to create a new employment programme for people with disabilities. In addition to this research opportunity, I am thrilled to see so many of our researchers starting their PhDs this year. This tells to me that it is possible to bridge policy and research in an academic framework. DULBEA can act as this intermediary for all of its members, as well as for the broader academic and policy communities." - Ilan Tojerow

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Updated on March 28, 2019