IZA is a nonprofit research institute and research network. The unique combination of in-house research capacity and global network activities enables us to draw on cutting-edge expertise in conducting research projects on core issues of inequality, labor economics, behavioral economics, and providing evidence-based 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. IZA hosts the leading international network in labor economics, comprising around 2,000 scholars from over 60 countries, as well as the knowledge platform IZA World of Labor.

Mission and Vision

The IZA–Institute is a vibrant and internationally competitive research institute. It pushes the frontier of research in economics and serves as a trusted and influential voice providing evidence-based policy advice in the German and international policy discourse.


At our headquarters in Bonn, we coordinate our global activities as the largest research network in labor economics, supported by a Network Advisory Panel. 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.


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”.