Its research focus lies in the field of social and economic policy including the spatial dimension. This comprises topics like poverty, inequality, education, social inclusion, employment, unemployment, health, housing, mobility, and regional convergence. The aim is to improve the understanding of causal relationships and to provide sound evidence for the impact of institutional settings and policy options on outcomes. Based on empirical evidence, the Institute wants to provide well-grounded and clear-cut answers to policy relevant questions.
The results are published in form of research reports, monographs and scientific articles.
The research activities of the Institute are carried out by three research departments labelled"Labor Market", "Living Conditions", and "Urban Development and Mobility". In addition, the survey and data center team is in charge of data collection through face-to-face and online surveys, research in survey methodology and survey statistics, as well as creation and management of databases in social sciences.
The Institute employs 122 people, of whom 65 are researchers and PhD candidates. The research team is representing a high degree of interdisciplinarity and includes demographers, economists, geographers, legal experts, political scientists, psychologists, social scientists, and statisticians.
CEPS/INSTEAD was formally established through the Grand-Ducal regulation of 10 November 1989, and was scientifically, administratively, and financially autonomous.
LISER has been integrated into a unified legal framework for the luxembourgish research institutes based on the law of 3 December 2014. It has an annual budget of approximately 18,5 million euro, of which 60% is allocated by the government, and 40% are coming from project related funding resources. Governmental funding is based on a multiannual performance contract.