History of CIRET

In 1952 an informal group of French, Germany and Italian economists began to intensify their cooperation in the field of economic tendency surveys under the name CIMCO (Comité International pour l’Etude des Méthodes Conjoncturelles): the Ifo Institute Munich, Institut National de la Statistique (INSEE) France and the association of the chambers of commerce in Italy. The directors of these organisations were the first president of the Ifo Institute, A. Piatier, the then head of INSEE and G. Tagliacarne, the then president of the association of chambers of commerce.

In 1960 this association was institutionalised by founding CIRET (Contact International des Recherches Economiques Tendancielles), affiliated to the Econometrisch Instituut, Rotterdam and provided with an additional information and documentation centre at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich. At this time, CIRET was under the direction of H. Theil.

In 1971 both parts were merged and affiliated to the Ifo Institute for Economic Research. Since then, CIRET has stood for "Centre for Economic Tendency Surveys". The directors of CIRET were then Dr. Werner Strigel from the Ifo Institute and Dr. Oskar Anderson from Munich University.

From 1975 to 2000 the CIRET conferences were preceded by a one-day workshop at which a small group of experts discussed technical problems involved in the acquisition and evaluation of survey data.

Since 1983 greater importance has been attached to the globalisation of activities beyond Europe. Expanding the group of participants and members to include the USA and Asia has provided valuable stimulus and ideas for members.

Since 1991, members from Central and Eastern European transformation countries have been taking part in conferences on a regular basis.

In 1999 CIRET received a new legal basis and was subjected to the laws of Belgium.

In 1999 the CIRET office was relocated to the economic research centre of the ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich under the direction of Prof. Bernd Schips and managed by Prof. Jan-Egbert Sturm from 2006.

From 2002 the workshop was opened and held in conjunction with the OECD.

Since 2008 the Isaac Kerstenetzky Award has been conferred every two years to promote business cycle research.

History of CIRET-Conferences


CIRET - ein Forum für die Indikatorenforschung
(CIRET - a Forum for Indicator Research)
by Annette Köhler, in: K.H.Oppenländer (editor), Konjunkturindikatoren (Economic Indicators), 2nd edition 1996, p. 62-67.

CIRET - ein internationales Netzwerk für die Umfragenforschung
(CIRET - an International Network for Survey Research)
by Sandra Waller, in: ifo-Studien 45. Jg. (Ifo Studies 45th Year) 1999, p.135-141.

CIRET – Ein internationaler Erfahrungsaustausch
(CIRET - An International Exchange of Experience)
by M. Ziegler, in: Oppenländer K.H. and G. Poser, Handbuch der ifo-Umfragen (Handbook of Ifo Surveys), Vierzig Jahre Unternehmensbefragungen des Ifo-Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung München (Forty Years of Company Surveys by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research), 1989, p. 21-31.