Our local team and global network

The core team at IZA consists of international labor economists, organized in six focused research teams, and permanent staff serving in the areas of organization, communication, and technology. IZA also runs the world’s largest research network in economics comprising about 1,600 Fellows and Affiliates from over 50 countries (see geography of the IZA network). The close cooperation within the network is one of the key drivers behind IZA’s success. Our network members collaborate with our local staff on a virtual basis or as visiting researchers.


Making cutting-edge research available

The IZA Discussion Paper Series (ISSN: 2365-9793) disseminates high-quality research by IZA network members to the scientific community and the interested public worldwide. Comprising almost 13,000 papers, IZA's publication flagship is the most influential working paper series in labor economics.

In addition, the IZA Open Access Journals offer a very attractive, refereed outlet for topical research. IZA serves as co-editor of "Research in Labor Economics" and publishes books on fundamental aspects of labor economics and labor policy.


Conferences and Seminars

We organize a variety of workshops, international conferences and weekly research seminars on a wide range of topics in labor economics. Our events also include annual Summer Schools for young researchers.

Program Areas

The content hub of our network activities

Our research network activities are organized along eleven program areas covering a wide range of issues in labor economics from a global perspective. These range from education, family, environment and health to mobility, migration and development. In addition, the G²LM|LIC initiative analyzes growth and labor markets in low-income countries.

IZA Awards

IZA Prize in Labor Economics

The biennial IZA Prize in Labor Economics honors the work of outstanding researchers in the field. Established in 2002, our prestigious award underscores the importance of high-quality scientific research for shaping the future of labor.

More about the IZA Prize

IZA Prize Book Series

IZA Young Labor Economist Award

Every two years we select an aspiring labor market researcher below the age of 45 to receive the IZA Young Labor Economist Award. This award reflects IZA's strong ambition to support young academics and stimulate top research.

Award winners


Research Data Center

IZA’s Research Data Center (IDSC) offers a variety of scientific data sets for academic use, including exclusive IZA data. Our Center facilitates data access through full documentation as well as controlled remote data processing. IDSC's own research agenda underscores the relevance of online data research for social science disciplines.