Bruegel intervenes at various stages in policy making: helping to set the agenda, contributing to fast-moving policy debates in real time; evaluating policies to propose improvements.

Our work focuses on four interrelated research areas:

European macroeconomics

The European crisis remains on top of the research agenda at Bruegel. The central priorities concern the best way to address remaining market tensions, the broader macroeconomic policy response in the EU, central banking, policies to foster macroeconomic adjustment, and the question of how to reform European governance to ensure effectiveness and legitimacy.

Global economics and global governance

In this research area, Bruegel is analysing developments in the world economy, with special attention to the interactions between, on the one side, European (or European-based) actors and, on the other side, global actors and actors located in the EU’s neighbourhood. The three main lines of research are Asia (see Bruegel's on Asia), global governance and the relations between the EU and major regional players.

Finance and financial regulation

Research focus is on auditing and financial disclosure and the regulation, supervision and resolution of global financial firms. Another key research topic in this area is the changing financial landscape in Europe in a context of growing pressure to re-nationalize financial policy and on the link between the sovereign and the banking crisis in Europe.

Competition, innovation and sustainable growth

A growing share of Bruegel’s research has been devoted to the study of the structural underpinnings of economic performance, competitiveness and growth. Topics covered include: the role of information technology for growth, competition policy and state aid, entrepreneurship, globalisation and future of manufacturing, firm internationalisation and competitiveness, energy and climate policies and their implications for economic performance.

Funded research projects

In line with its annual research programmes, Bruegel runs projects which are fully or partially funded by International and European institutions, as well as by private organisations and are developed in close cooperation with some similar research institutions across the world.

Research partnerships synergies

More generally, Bruegel has developed a number of relationships with its numerous partners and adopts a flexible approach to cooperation with activities focusing on intellectual dialogue through visiting fellowship, common publications or events such as policy debates with relevant decision makers.

Bruegel has also developed formal partnerships with a number of research organisations, which are not at all exclusive from other relationships with other research organisations in the same country. Rather, the chosen partners are seen as anchors of Bruegel in their own country, which can help out with the dissemination of Bruegel activities at the national level, bringing in all interested parties, whereas in return, Bruegel is seen as their first anchor in Brussels, providing them with the access of an EU platform of informed and targeted stakeholders.

Bruegel is now searching for generous private donors to set up a fellowship programme aiming at bringing expertise to the business world on a certain economic geographic area such as Asia or Latin America or on a specific research sector and also aiming to connect the business world with the policy making community Bruegel has access to.