The main objective of the Center for Research in Welfare Economics (CREB) is to promote research subject to the highest standards of academic scholarship. Our research activities are focused on Macroeconomics (understood in a broad sense), Welfare Economics and Quantitative Analysis.
Regarding Macroeconomics, the main research areas at CREB encompass growth, inequality, development and unemployment dynamics, among others.
In Welfare Economics and Quantitative Analysis, CREB research is focused on the analysis of certain areas of great economic importance, such as: health, pensions, fiscal reforms, education, housing and environmental policies.
One of the goals of CREB is to construct flexible tools to evaluate public policies related to welfare and environmental issues and the analysis of potential reforms. Among these tools are the quantitative computable economic simulation models (microsimulation and computable general equilibrium models), which enable the analysis and quantification of the economic consequences of public policy intervention, as well as its welfare implications for economic agents.
Our projects have several applications. In addition to the academic interest of these studies, which result in publications, the analysis is also of considerable economic policy interest, since it covers the effects of governmental policies on a wide range of economic agents. Furthermore, this work facilitates the debate on the convenience of certain economic policies before applying them.