At the cutting edge of labor market research

With our local team and global network, we conduct pioneering research in labor economics. In-depth empirical research is the foundation of our independent advice provided to policymakers, business, and society. A key objective of our work is to transfer new knowledge from academic science into the public debate. Drawing on the synergies between our in-house research teams and our international network of scholars, IZA has created a unique platform for scientific exchange at the cutting edge of labor market research.

Our in-house research agenda is made up of four overarching topics: (1) Changing World of Work, (2) Workers of the Future, (3) Sustainable Labor Policies, (4) Work and Social Cohesion.

Our local research teams analyze challenges for the future of work related to digitalization, new skill requirements, institutional change, and the impact of innovative labor market policies.

While pursuing our own ambitious research agenda, we also provide in-depth scientific analyses for national and international policy institutions as an independent, nonpartisan entity.

IZA coordinates and supports the world’s largest research network in labor economics, comprising more than 1,800 scholars from over 60 countries. Our extensive network activities are the cornerstone of our success.


We offer a wide range of publications that cater to both an academic and a general audience.


Our ambitious event agenda consists of annual conferences, focused workshops, and weekly seminars. Forthcoming events include:

Call for Papers: 25th Anniversary IZA Conference in Labor Economics
Juli 05-06, 2023 Berlin Call for Papers: Deadline March 15, 2023
Call for Applications: 24th IZA Summer School in Labor Economics
June 29 - July 04, 2023 Berlin Call for Applications: Deadline March 31, 2023

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About IZA

IZA is a nonprofit research institute and the leading international network in labor economics, comprising more than 1,800 scholars from around the world. This unique combination of in-house research capacity and global network activities enables us to draw on cutting-edge expertise in conducting research projects and providing scientific policy advice. We provide platforms for knowledge exchange and make relevant research findings accessible for policy practitioners and the general public. Established in 1998, IZA is supported by the Deutsche Post Foundation and affiliated with the University of Bonn.

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Forschungsinstitut zur
Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA)

Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 5–9
53113 Bonn, Germany