LEO is a research unit of the University of Orléans (France), created on January 1, 1996 following the merger of the Orleans Institute of Finance (created in 1974) and the Center for Research on Employment and Production (created in 1984). Initially located in Orléans, the LÉO is the only research center in Economics in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Since January 2013, LEO has welcomed, in addition to its Orléans members, full and associate professors in Economics from the François Rabelais University of Tours (UFRT), and since February 2022, it has welcomed professors and Ph.D. students in Economics from the Clermont Auvergne University.
It currently has about 40 permanent researchers (full professors and associate professors) and 60 PhD students. LEO is specialized in three research areas: (1) Macroeconomics and Finance, (2) International Economics and Sustainable Development, and (3) Econometrics.
INFER is a non-profit international scientific organization that stimulates research and research networking in all fields of economics through international workshops and conferences. INFER in particular encourages young researchers to present and publish their research. It also aims to stimulate networking activities amongst scholars working in the same field and to facilitate the dissemination of new ideas.