Labor Market and Social Policy in Europe

Country perspectives on labor market trends and reforms

Why do unemployment rates and employment characteristics differ so much across Europe? And how can labor markets be reformed in order to improve employment? These are the two overarching questions that guide our empirical work in this area. A key issue in this regard is to relate employment structures and dynamics across Europe to labor market and welfare state institutions. We give particular attention to different channels of labor market flexibility, employment types and working conditions.

Among the core institutional features that we study are employment protection, active labor market policies and unemployment benefits, education and training systems, as well as industrial relations and collective bargaining. We provide policy advice based on empirical evidence to national and international audiences to ensure that national labor market reforms and EU level policies are both economically viable and politically feasible.

Our current work focuses on:

  • Non-standard work and new forms of employment in Europe
  • Youth unemployment and vocational training
  • Job quality and working conditions 
Werner Eichhorst

Coordinator of Labor Market and Social Policy in Europe

Werner Eichhorst

IZA

+49-228-38 94 531
eichhorst@iza.org
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Milena Nikolova

Research Associate

Milena Nikolova

IZA

+49-228-38 94 303
nikolova@iza.org
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Caroline Wehner

Resident Research Affiliate

Caroline Wehner

IZA

+49 228 38 94 304
wehner@iza.org
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Florian Wozny

Resident Research Affiliate

Florian Wozny

IZA

+49-228-38 94 139
wozny@iza.org
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