The National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) is a government agency operating under the Ministry of Finance and performs analyses and forecasts of the Swedish and international economy and conducts related research.
Our forecasts are used as a basis for economic policy in Sweden. We also analyze economic developments in Sweden and internationally, and perform research in economics.
Our forecasts are not only an independent basis for economic policy, but are also used by other government agencies, companies and organizations. As with other agencies, we have an independent status. Our analysis and our research is therefore conducted without political considerations.
The Institute was founded in 1937 and has about 55 employees. It is headed by Director-General Urban Hansson Brusewitz.
In connection with our forecasts, we invite partners and analysts from banks, government agencies and other organizations to analyst meetings. Our clients are mainly government offices, other government agencies and NGOs. An assignment may be in the form of an investigation or a model simulation to describe the effects of policy change.
We also offer lectures on the theme of economic and macroeconomics. With our expertise, we can also take on different investigations in the macro and environmental economics.
The NIER accepts various kinds of commissioned assignments in the areas of macroeconomics and environmental economics. The principal clients are the Swedish Government Offices, government agencies, and organizations representing various interests.
An assignment may take the form of a study or a model simulation to describe the effects of a change in economic policy or economic shocks of various kinds.
Examples of completed assignments include macroeconomic calculations and environmental supplements to the report of the Long Term Planning Commission, analyses of the effects of shorter working hours, and studies on the impact of demographic changes on government expenditure.