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.

Mission and Vision

IZA serves as a bridge builder for national and international research in labor economics. Our goal in conducting fundamental research, providing scientific policy advice, and engaging in active knowledge transfer is to narrow the distance between science and society in order to help create a better future of work for all.

Main Areas of Expertise

Our in-house research on the future of work covers four areas of expertise:

- Changing World of Work
- Workers of the Future
- Sustainable Labor Policies
- Work and Social Cohesion


At our headquarters in Bonn, we coordinate our global activities as the largest research network in labor economics. Advised in strategic matters by an internationally composed scientific council, we maintain an efficient organizational structure in research, policy advice, and service.


Established in 1998, IZA has become a leading center in national and international labor market research and policy advice. The IZA Prize in Labor Economics, awarded since 2002, is widely regarded as the most prestigious science award in the field. Since 2003, IZA has been running its own data service center (IDSC), now officially accredited as a Research Data Center.


We are constantly looking for highly qualified international staff members to strengthen our teams in research and service. Working at IZA means being part of a vibrant work environment at the interface between science and society.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Many research projects at IZA and in our global network are concerned with strategies to promote diversity and integration. We also aim to contribute our small share to improving the everyday lives of the disadvantaged by supporting the “Aktion Mensch”.