The International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) is the world organization of Public Finance economists. Founded in Paris in 1937, it has since become the pre-eminent academic institution for study and research on economic public policy topics, and the platform of choice for the establishment of contacts and exchange of opinions on policy matters among scholars of all nationalities. At a time when academic economic research tends to distance itself from economic policy problems, the IIPF plays a valuable role in giving economics an orientation towards the real world.