IDEP is a network about public economics which has three institutional partners: Aix-Marseille University, CNRS and EHESS. It was created in 1996 by Louis-André Gérard Varet, director of studies at the EHESS.
IDEP has three missions:
- The first one is to provide an expertise in public policies such as taxation, social systems, labor market, environment, housing, health and education. This expertise is for local policy makers, national and / or European institutions and, more generally, to all citizens.
- The second one is to ensure the sharing of knowledge through dissemination and publications.
- The third one is an educational mission towards students and high-level students, and also in a lifelong learning approach.