IZA is a platform committed to advancing high-quality research on the role of labor markets for economic inequality, and the behavioral aspects influencing these areas. Our mission encompasses scientific policy advice, the active transfer of current knowledge, and the promotion of young talent. IZA combines its global networks of over 2,000 distinguished economists from 60 countries and a group of dedicated researchers in its local campus in Bonn, Germany. This collaborative effort of IZA’s network and its local team fosters an inclusive and highly productive research environment that contributes to bridging the gap between scientific inquiry and societal impact. IZA’s scholarly activities are coordinated by Research Directors Ingo Isphording and Florian Zimmermann, supported by a Network Advisory Panel which represents a range of diverse viewpoints and constituencies, including a mix of different seniorities within the profession.

Our Research Team

Our researchers are recruited from leading national and international graduate schools of economics. Our research topics cover various aspects of labor market, economic inequality, and behavioral economics, guided by the goals of scientific and policy relevance.

Our Network

IZA is a globally connected institute. We coordinate the largest international network in labor economics with around 2,000 members. This unique combination of global network and in-house research capacity is the cornerstone of our success. IZA's network activities are supported by a Network Advisory Panel.


In addition to our own research initiatives, we also produce research reports for policy institutions and conduct externally funded projects in collaboration with partner institutes.


The IZA Award for Innovative Research on the Economics of Climate Change honors outstanding publications in the field.

Research Data Center (IDSC)

IZA is a member of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Our Research Data Center offers a variety of scientific datasets for academic use and facilitates data access through controlled remote data processing.


Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the “Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme” (G²LM|LIC) is coordinated by IZA.