As an independent post-university research center the Institute for Advanced Studies is well-established and recognized across Europe. The Institute develops research questions in dialogue with policy-makers as well as among the academic world, and delivers answers that are relevant to both sides. Its researchers focus on topics of high relevance that are aligned with societal challenges and that anticipate issues of high relevance in the near future.

This profile contrasts with profit-oriented consultancies that have neither the expertise nor the capability to provide independent research on the highest level. Similarly, research at universities cannot provide the interdisciplinary focus required for this sort of analysis.

Insight Austria was established as a Competence Center for Behavioral Economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies.