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

The economics of mental health

Providing evidence-based therapies for people with a mental illness should be at the heart of public policymaking, given the burden of mental illness and the payoff to extending treatment.

Gender differences in wages and leadership

Gender wage gaps and women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions exist at remarkably similar magnitudes across countries at all levels of income per capita.


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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