Areas of Expertise

Practice-oriented knowledge transfer and policy advice

IZA's in-house research activities are concentrated in four areas of expertise, which cover pressing labor market policy issues - on the national and European level - from different perspectives. Our research topics meet the criteria of policy relevance as well as scientific relevance.

IZA World of Labor

Online knowledge base for labor policy

IZA World of Labor provides relevant and succinct information based on sound empirical evidence to help in formulating good policies and best practices. It provides expert know-how in an innovative structure, and a clear and accessible style.

Selected articles

Are happy workers more productive?

Happiness seems to motivate greater effort, increasing output without affecting its quality and thus boosting productivity.

Does employee ownership improve performance?

Employee ownership can overcome free-rider problems by raising work standards, and reduce financial risks by raising pay and job stability.


Hot Topics

Read selected op-eds and interviews with IZA experts on "hot topics" in the current public debate on labor market issues.

Recent Projects

In addition to our own research initiatives, we also work on projects funded by external institutions, such as government departments and international organizations.

Integration of refugees

Feasibility study on evaluating measures for the labor market integration of refugees (in German language)

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Employment trends: Increasing polarization trends in the German labor market? (in German language)

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