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Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)

  • Country: Accra, Ghana
  • Date Established: 1969
  • Executive Director: Felix Asante
  • Research areas: Development, Economics, Environment & Natural Resources, Food & Agriculture, Governance, Health, Social Policy
ISSER aims to continue to build on its achievements and be recognized globally for promoting knowledge for development through authoritative policy research, training, and advocacy.

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) is a semi-autonomous research institute, created in 1969. It is located within the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Ghana. The Institute’s mission is to carry out activities that promote the socioeconomic development of Ghana and of Africa in general.

ISSER’s main areas of research include macroeconomic policy, household economics, institutional economics, rural institutions, population, health, environment, gender, technology, and spatial development.

The Institute is committed to using research to inform public policy. It produces the annual State of the Ghanaian Economy, as well as the peer-reviewed ISSER Technical Publication Series and the ISSER Discussion Paper Series. In addition, it organizes public lecture series and seminars to stimulate public debate. The Institute has links to several ministries.