The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) operated between 1981 and 1986 as a unit within the Faculty of Arts. Initiated with a grant from the then federal Department of Health and Welfare, ISER had two objectives:
- To rehabilitate the MINCOME Manitoba database, by formatting the data in research ready formats as well as prepare documentation to enable researchers across Canada to access and use the information.
- To support social sciences research in the Faculty of Arts and at the university.
During its five year existence ISER completed a range of activities.