The Labour Economics Study Group was founded in the late 1960s, when it met in the Graham Wallas Room at the London School of Economics on Friday afternoons under the chairmanship of Bernard Corry.
Originally funding was from the Social Science Research Council, but this was withdrawn in the late 1970s and the then research unit of the Department of Employment (EMRU) took over. At this time a regular pattern of meetings was established, with two meetings on Friday afternoons in each university term, and an annual conference.
While the title of the research unit and of the government department has changed over the years, the main aim of the group has not, though the subject areas covered have varied in accordance with the source of the funding. This aim is to foster a high standard of dialogue between academics and civil servants with an interest in labour economics, pensions and related fields.