Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER) is a joint initiative of the University of Helsinki, the Aalto University School of Business and the Hanken School of Economics. HECER and the three economics units of the participating universities are located in the Economicum building in the very center of Helsinki. HECER was launched in 2004.

HECER is an independent research institute whose purpose is to promote high-quality economic research, to develop and co-ordinate doctoral level economic education, to promote co-operation in economics among the universities in the Helsinki area, and to interact with the society at large.

Today HECER is a vibrant and international community of around 100 academic researchers, and the leading academic center of economic research in Finland. HECER researchers publish regularly in leading academic journals and contribute actively in policy related debate in Finland. The areas where HECER is particularly strong include applied microeconomics, econometrics, labor economics, and international economics. HECER hosts several weekly seminar series, and has an active visiting program. Cooperation with VATT Institute for Economic Research, which operates in the same facilities, provides many opportunities to HECER researchers to interact with policy oriented work.

HECER organizes the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE), and acts as the host institution for the Nordic Network in Economics (NNE). NNE promotes co-operation in doctoral training in economics in the Nordic countries and Estonia.

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