The interplay between labor market policies and institutions and ongoing trends related to the changing world of work is at the core of IZA’s research team “Policy Challenges”. Technological progress in automation and digitalization as well as long-term developments of globalization, demographic change and climate change present serious challenges to policy-makers around the world. They have to respond to questions arising from rapidly transforming skill demands, changing employment and income opportunities as well as novel workplace environments faced by workers and firms. At the same time, changes induced by policy reforms may have important and potentially unintended consequences for the future transformation of the world of work.
Against this background, our research activities focus on two central questions:
- How do labor market outcomes induced by the changing world of work challenge labor market policy-making?
- How do labor market policies and institutions affect processes related to the changing world of work?
Dr. Nico Pestel (Team Leader)