The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) conducts research on the labour market in order to advise political actors at all levels in a competent manner. Economists, sociologists and researchers from other social science and methodological disciplines create the base for empirically well-informed labour market policy by way of excellently linked research, both nationally and internationally. In this way it contributes, within the framework of our statutory mandate, to a better understanding of the way the labour market functions and of employment chances and living situations in a dynamically changing world.
The main areas of research::
- analyse the causes and structures of overall developments on the labour market from a macroeconomic perspective,
- take into account the international and regional dimensions of changes in the labour markets,
- study the effectivity of labour market policy,
- concern themselves with the observation, measurement and explanation of the in- demand for labour by establishments, and examine the structuring of the labour market according to occupations,
- investigate the connections between education and employment,
- examine the living conditions, chances of participation and labour market perspectives of persons receiving basic income support.
A large part of our findings is based on its own comprehensive surveys along with process data from the Federal Employment Agency. IAB is a leader in developing new methods of surveying, linking and processing data.