Wageningen Economic Research (WER), formerly Landbouw-Economisch Instituut (LEI) Wageningen UR, is one of the research institutes of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). Within the Netherlands and Belgium, WER is the leading institute for social-economic research in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and fisheries, the management of rural areas, the agricultural sector and the production and consumption of food. Through this research, WER provides support for the decisions that governments and businesses need to make in the fields of competitiveness, the management of production chains, spatial planning, environmental protection, natural resources, the European Common Agricultural Policy and global trading.
WER also performs legal and service-related tasks for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The Agricultural Economic Report and other annual reports present an impression of the financial and economic position of companies and sectors.