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Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) / Institute for Economic and Social Research

Address :
16, Bd du Mont d'Est
93192   Noisy-le-Grand Cedex (Paris)


Contact person :
Frédéric Lerais
Phone: +33 1 48 15 18 92

Short description


IRES was jointly founded in 1982 by all French national trade unions with the support of the government to meet the economic and social research needs of trade unions. The CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT-FO and UNSA Education have been managing it together since then. The Institute is a non-profit association. Its board of directors is made up of nine trade union representatives, nine academics and four representatives of the prime minister. IRES is financed by a state subsidy and by research contacts. To fulfil its mission, IRES engages in two types of activities:

- IRES runs a research and documentation centre employing about thirty people, including researchers, librarians and administrative personnel (about twenty researchers, half of them are economists, the other half are politologists and social scientists). The centre follows a middle-term research programme that is approved by the board and is split every year in an activity report and work programme.

-IRES is the framework for the studies and research projects of the trade union organisations involved in IRES. After being approved by the board, these projects are financed by IRES and carried out by research teams chosen by each of the organisations. Those works are referred to as Agence d'Objectifs. Their results are made available to all the unions. For all other interested it is possible to obtain a copy from the organisation that has carried out the study.

Areas of expertise and competencies

Over the period 2005 - 2009, the general theme of the five-year programme of the Institute's research centre is the cohesion of wage earners within an economy and a society confronted with structural transformations. The programme is divided in four broad axes respectively carried out by four working groups/teams:

1) Industrial relations and Social democracy (coordinator: NN). This group studies the development of industrial relations, 'social dialogue', employee- and employers' representation, collective bargaining, based on European and international comparisons.

2) Transformations of Employment and Work (coordinator: Florence Lefresne). This group studies the development of employment and work and the mechanisms affecting employment relations as well as work content and working conditions based on, among others, European and international comparisons.

3) Changing patterns in Production, Financing and Restructuring (coordinator: Catherine Sauviat). This group studies the development of production systems' transformations, the alteration of the world economy and their interactions with enterprise strategies.

4) Dynamics of Employees' earnings and Social policies (coordinator: Antoine Math). This group studies the development of employees' earnings having in mind the conditions for wage determination and the impact of social policies' transformations notably in the field of pensions.

Besides those permanent working groups IRES has carries out also transversal projects to encourage the cooperation between the research teams but also with outside partners. They are usually discussed in seminars.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

For the current and future projects of the Institute, please visit the website .

Publications, language, newsletter

IRES has three regular publications:

1) La Revue de l'IRES is an academic journal which comes out three times a year since 1989. The authors of the articles in La Revue are IRES researchers but also external experts. Once a year a special issue is published.

2) La Chronique Internationale de l'IRES has also been created in 1989. It is published every two months and covers developments abroad in industrial relations, labour policy and social policy. In addition, a special issue devoted to a specific theme is published every year.

3) La Lettre de l'IRES is the Institute's quarterly newsletter. It sums up work in progress, covers seminars and conferences that the Institute organises or participates in, and describes the publications of each of the labour union's research centres.

In addition to periodicals, IRES publishes Working papers for the scientific community, as well as books aimed at a wider audience.

All these publications can be downloaded free of charge from the website.

IRES has a documentation centre, which contains around 15000 books and brochures.

Other networks the institute is participating in

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