At the cutting edge of labor market research

With our local team and global network, we conduct pioneering research in labor economics. Our topics cover all facets of the future of work, currently focusing on the socioeconomic consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 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 1,600 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. See some recent examples:


We organize more than 20 conferences and workshops per year on various aspects of labor economics. Forthcoming events (subject to change pending COVID-19 restrictions) include:

COVID-19 Pandemic on Labor Market Outcomes, Occupational Health and Development
Additional Call for Papers
September 1-4, 2020 Online Conference Call for Papers
19th IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting for Labor Economists (TAM)
July 9-12, 2020 Online Conference
Cedefop, Eurofound and IZA Conference on Workplace and Management Practices
August 20-21, 2020 Online Conference
3rd Annual IZA/World Bank/NJD/UNU-WIDER Jobs and Development Conference: Better Jobs for Development
September 1-4, 2020 Online Conference
2.-3. September 2020 Bonn Call for Papers

People at IZA

About IZA

IZA is a nonprofit research institute and the leading international network in labor economics, comprising more than 1,600 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