Southern Institute Of Social And Economic Research (IIESS)
CONICET-UNS

Welcome  to IIESS

SouthernInstitute Of Social And Economic Research (IIESS) was created in 1956, image of his fellows at the National University of the Litoral, La Plata, Tucumán and Córdoba, with the aim of contributing to the generation of knowledge and the training of human resources. The UNESCO mission considered in 1960 that "a full time academic career is attractive to an economist when it gives you the possibility of carrying out research work. This is extremely advantageous to a center or within the same Faculty of Economics Research Institute. It provides an intimate and fruitful contact between the economic research and teaching".

Former Directors

Dr. Enrique Silberstein was the first interim director. His brief administration was continued by Dr. Uros Bacic, who took over in the second half of 1957 and served in the post until 1970. During this time, and under the name of Institute of Economics, has made fruitful achievements, especially the Constitution of the first working teams, the creation of the Library specialized in Economy and the edition of the magazine "Economic Studies", among others. This task was continued by Dr. Ernesto S. Liboreiro, heir of Dr. Uros Bacic until 1972, and a brief internship of Dr. Christian Dimitriu. Shortly after, and circumstances beyond the decision of its authorities, the Institute of Economics ceased its activities.

Recent history

Asked about the prospect of restoring the functioning of the Institute of Economics, Dr. Bacic was considered that "In a modern University does not seem advisable that research and teaching constitute separate sectors". Revived the University autonomy in 1983 were immediately significant efforts from Department of Economics aimed to restore the normal functioning of the Institute, which was achieved in 1997 (Res. CU 257/97). During this time, and after a decade during which the Institute functioned at the level of the Department of Economics, it was decided to adapt its rules of operation (Res. CSU-573/08) under the terms of the Convention UNS-CONICET (Res. CSU-335/07).

Currently, IIESS is a unit dependent of CONICET and the National University of the South, recognized as such in the year 2010 (Res. D. 3091/10) and it develops its activities as a member of the Scientific Technological Center-CONICET Bahía Blanca. Dr. Raúl Oscar Dichiara was appointed regular Director for competition from 01.11.2011 according to resolution of the Board of the CONICET (D. 3143/ 11) and Superior Council of the Southern National University (CSU-650/11).

Objectives

IIESS brings together researchers in the field of Economics and social sciences, committed to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. Its priorities are the promotion of the basic and applied research in its foundational core; the training of human resources and the Organization of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research groups in the scientific technological Center Bahía Blanca and its sphere of influence.   It aims to be relating to national and international levels of scientific activity in the discipline, in accordance with recognized quality standards. The conditions for the development of these activities are the exercise of free thought, critical thinking and academic excellence. The specific objectives of the IIESS are as follows:

  • Promote, coordinate and organize basic and applied research, transferring into it the capacity of its members for the analysis and the solution of problems of economic and social nature, representing its foundational core.
  • Contribute to the training and development of human resources through the Organization of courses and postgraduate seminars; training of interns; direction of doctoral and master theses; Organization of scientific conferences and seminars for discussion. 
  • Encourage the formation and consolidation of research groups and the Organization of disciplinary groups, aimed at the establishment of research programs. 
  • Promote the multidisciplinary integration of research activities carried out at the Institute and other researchers in the area of social and human sciences with activity in the US and in other disciplines of the CCT-CONICET.
  • Promote the integration of researchers of CONICET in the area of its competence and become reference for researchers in its region of influence, including the Argentine Patagonia.
  • Provide collaboration at the request of public and private institutions recognized and interested in economic research, provided that it does not interfere with the implementation of the programme of activities of the Institute.  
  • Extension and transfer of knowledge and information produced and/or systematized by the Institute that may be of interest and useful in the process of decision-making of public bodies, institutions, trade unions and other entities dedicated to the teaching and research activities.
  • To maintain a fluid and permanent link with science and technology institutions in the country, at national and provincial levels, advocating possible institutional representation therein. 
  • To establish relationships with other similar institutions in the country and abroad. 
  • To disseminate the results of its activities according to diverse modalities.

Organization

The functional structure of the IIESS organization consists of a Director, the Board of Directors (8 members) and a Deputy Director.  In addition, CONICET has joined recently professional staff and clerks.

Staff

IIESS has a staff of 40 permanent members (23 researchers CONICET, 1 research CIC and 16 researchers UNS) and 20 fellows from CONICET and 1 fellow from OEA-CONICET.
IIESS promotes the admission of young bachelor into the Post graduated Economics School at the Southern National University as fellow of CONICET. Its members are involved in academic activities, interacting in common research areas with people in other Centers of Excellence abroad, in order to become reference in the academic activity in this subject at national and international level.

  • Researchers
  • Fellows
  • Professional Personnel
  • Clerk

Activities

Research lines (within each line may appear researchers and scholars with a link to their CVs, email, etc). Current research activities include a diversity of themes, which at present is up to three lines:

  • Economic Theory and Institutions: the problems of creation, allocation and distribution of resources require formal modeling for their proper application in order to infer consequences for the understanding of human behavior, in the context of material and social restrictions. Currently, there is a body well established and accepted knowledge in this field, in particular in the light of the evidence on which the theoretical results are contrasted. Many of the classical postulates require reformulations of greater or lesser importance, that are the subject of study in important research centers. 
    The approach used to analyze the economic behavior in the IIESS focuses on considering the information and incentives faced by economic agents. These restrictions arise mainly from institutional frameworks in which those interact. Accordingly, it seeks to develop theoretical models that capture the optimal allocation of resources in the context of bounded rationality, by inadequate information or the complexity of the situation.
  • Economic and social development: the theory of development deals with different problems being economic growth one of the most important. This field was studied from different perspectives, generating results ranging from multi-agent growth problems solution, utilizing dynamic programming tools, to the proposal of systems which modify their behavior according to rules.
    The policy decision making in this area in order to avoid poverty traps can be reached through interactions of agents (endogenous) or preventing coordination failures and policies that modify the temporal trajectory of the economic system (exogenous).  Another kind of analysis comes from the ways in which poverty traps are generated and how public policies can contribute to overcoming or your feedback, as it can be seen by ethnographies of implementation of activities in such programs. 
    Another problems were studied for the design of economic policies, ranging from the possible generation of inflation due to distortions in relative prices, until the proper measurement of poverty, the transitions of the economies due to technological changes and their impact on competitiveness.
  • Production systems and rural development: the area of greatest tradition in the Institute. Research was done in the field of agricultural, industrial and regional economy. This is explained by the origin of the Institute as per the request for advice by cameras, companies private and public sector, both locally and regionally.
    These projects were financed with the contribution of public and private institutions, in the form of consultancy work. Later came out additional sources of financing for this line of study, from the national State, Provincial, and Municipal and even European academic assistance programs. In recent years he has received a strong academic boost thanks to the activities of young fellows, who carry out activities for exchanges with foreign institutions and begin to publish actively in the international arena. Topics covered range from the problems of agrarian economy to the study of structure and performance of industrial markets; conduct and financing of small and medium-sized enterprises, including networks of suppliers and supplier-customer relations.
    This investigation branch deals with issues relating to the economic analysis of the operation of regional middle-cities (pampas and Patagonia), which allow to relate different processes linked to population dynamics, industry, services and labour markets. We also study local policies and its interrelation with the resulting requirements of recent productive transformations. The study of these links allows us to explore the territorial institutional system that operates in the processes of technical and social innovation and the competitiveness of enterprises.

New Research lines
They included the enlargement of these interdisciplinary fields and the formulation of research programs in upcoming periods. The organization of research links these activities with the training of human resources through the execution or new offers of graduate careers.  This mode generates a double benefit: graduate careers are nourished with research (work of thesis, seminars, conferences, etc.) activities, enabling the training and qualification of its own human resources while it allows reach high scientific quality productions that revert to the educational system in form of current content, depth of analysis and properly results.

  • Work and labour market.
  • The impact of new technologies in the production.
  • Rural migration, urban integration and intercultural conflicts.
  • Regulation of public services.
  • Competition, State and Government.

This means a significantly increase from three (3) lines of research  today, even if not estimated precisely at what point the IIESS will have reached the scale of operation needed to be able to correspond to this development.

Research programs
Research programs are implemented on the basis of the occurrence of two or more lines of investigation of the same Institute or equivalent institutes. This modality is proper of institutions rooted in terms of linkages with equivalent organizations to develop all your skills.

IIESS intends to perform interdisciplinary research at the interface of Economics and other disciplines, notably highlighting the contributions of sociology and anthropology. In the first case, it is analysis of disputes by positions in the social structure of different actors in the production systems. This field of research is extremely broad in lathe to various social movements, collective demonstrations of different types and analysis of public policies at different levels of Government, aimed at populations at risk and social vulnerability. The anthropological gaze in turn makes it possible to analyze the ways in which production processes impact on the cultural and symbolic world of the protagonists, as well as the ways of conceiving the social world in which they are included actually.

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Results

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