We promote excellent research in economics in various fields, including micro- and macroeconomics, economic theory, applied economics, and behavioral economics. Our researchers incorporate findings from neighboring disciplines such as psychology, sociology, biology, and mathematics. Our thematic scope ranges from research on economic productivity and innovations in firms to studies about personal attitudes, political orientations, and social behavior in organizations and groups. The Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets & Public Policy is a central part of the RSI. ECONtribute is funded as a Cluster of Excellence in the German Excellence Strategy and is the only Cluster in Germany in economics and neighbouring disciplines.

All research activities are organized in nine closely related research areas.