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Research team



Charles-Henri DIMARIA

Sylvie DIONISIO (administrative assistant)



Chiara PERONI (Head of Division)





Stein Steinsson


The research team is always available to answer your enquiries by mail at
Alternatively, you can reach us by phone at (+352) 247-84352 on Monday and Tuesday (9:00-16:00) and Wednesday (9:00- 12:00).
Enquiries on recruitment and vacancies should be addressed to

STATEC Research is the research division of STATEC, the National Institute of Statistical and Economic Studies of Luxembourg. The team of economists perform applied research primarily in the fields of productivity, entrepreneurship, and well-being. Their research contributes to the understanding of Luxembourg's social and economic development in a comparative perspective, to the international scientific debate, and to new perspectives for policy making.

The team participates in the international scientific community, publishes in peer-reviewed journals, and an independent scientific council, comprised of recognised international experts, evaluates their research activities annually.

Our network 

STATEC Research contributes to and benefits from several national and international partnerships. The team participates in working groups of international institutions such as the OECD, EUROSTAT, and the European Commission; hosts visiting scholars and students (masters and doctoral); and sits on the boards of national institutions and academic societies.

Research areas 


The team provides sound measures of productivity for the national economy and for Luxembourg's industries. Such measures can be used to track the dynamics of productivity in Luxembourg and to identify the country's international position. Chiara Peroni sits on the board of Luxembourg’s National Productivity Council (Conseil National de la Productivité).


STATEC Research participates in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), an international program aimed at collecting and analysing comparative data on entrepreneurship. Indeed, Cesare Riillo sits on the board of the governing entity, Global Entrepreneur Research Association (GERA).

Labour market

This research examines the implications of globalization on employment in Luxembourg using trade and firm-level data.

Well-being and quality of life

STATEC Research develops new ways of assessing the social and economic development of Luxembourg, beyond traditional income-based measures of welfare. For instance, the team developed the project PIBien-être, which in turn established a multidimensional set of indicators to monitor and assess quality-of-life in Luxembourg. The team collaborates in the StudiaLUX project, through which the European Values Study (EVS) is conducted in Luxembourg. Members of the team, Kelsey O’Connor and Francesco Sarracino, are also members of the board of directors for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, Kelsey O’Connor sits on the Advisory Panel of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and Francesco Sarracino sits on the World Wellbeing Panel.

Dissemination of research 

Research results are disseminated through conferences, seminars, and peer-reviewed publications. Papers of the team have appeared in journals such as Economic Modelling, European Economic Review, Ecological Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Kyklos, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Review of Income and Wealth, Small Business Economics, Social Indicators Research, and World Development. In addition, the team contributes to the public economic debate by organising international conferences, workshops, and seminars, and by compiling reports on issues of crucial interest to the public and policy makers.

News & Events

  • Francesco Sarracino was invited to present at the University of Johannesburg on “Covid-19: a perspective from happiness economics.” You can attend the virtual seminar on the 15th of October at 11:00 AM using Zoom here.

  • Francesco Sarracino was invited by CARITAS to present “COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Neo-humanism” in September. View the presentation here

  • Francesco Sarracino appears on the cover of the September issues of 4x3, by InfoGreen. See the interview entitled “Nothing is impossible” online here.

  • Chiara Peroni presented “The effects of COVID-19 on mental well being in Luxembourg” at the annual meeting of Conseil Superieur de la Statistique, in September.

  • Francesco Sarracino presented “Trustful societies are resilient to epidemics. Evidence from Europe during Covid 19” in the University of Groningen’s economics seminar, in September.

  • Kelsey O’Connor presented “Effects of Teaching Styles on Life Satisfaction and Test Scores: Evidence from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)” at the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies virtual conference in August-September.

  • STATEC Research received competitive funding for two COVID-19 related projects in May. One, led by Francesco Sarracino, will use sentiment analysis and Twitter data for the year of 2020 to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on preferences, attitudes, and well-being in Luxembourg and five other European countries. The second, led by Cesare Riilo, contributes to a multinational survey regarding people’s preferences on the use of a contact tracing app to fight the pandemic using a new online probability-based access panel based on STATEC data. Funding is from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).

  • Kelsey O’Connor was added to the Advisory Panel of What Works Centre Wellbeing in the United Kingdom in May. The Centre provide accessible wellbeing evidence to improve / refocus decision making among individuals, businesses, and governments.

  • STATEC Research recently collaborated with LISER and the University of Luxembourg on the first working note on the economic effects of COVID-19 in Luxembourg.

  • Francesco Sarracino was invited in March to join the World Wellbeing Panel. Comprised of approximately the 40 best-known scholars in subjective well-being in the world, the aim of the Panel is to promote well-being as the ultimate purpose of all major decision makers, particularly government.


Recent Working papers

                      Recent Publications


                      No vacancies available currently.

                      Research visiting

                      We welcome visiting researchers at our premises. Visiting researchers are expected to further develop our research areas. Please submit your short project description and CV to research.recruit(at)