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    The German Employment Performance in an International Context

    04 December 2017

    Beitragsbild German Employment Performance in an International ContextIf you want to use a single indicator to understand how the German labour market compares internationally, then the employment rate is a fitting measure to use. It gives the proportion of the working population relative to the total working-age population (aged 15 to 64), thus showing to what degree working-age people are in active employment in the respective country.

    The full article can be found in our magazine IAB-Forum.

    Formal Search and Referrals from a Firm’s Perspective

    04 December 2017

    This study explores the relationship between frms’ characteristics and their recruitment strategies. They propose a model based on a search and matching framework with two search channels: a formal channel which is costly for frms and a costless informal channel, i.e. referrals. There is a continuum of heterogeneous vacancies in our model where every firm with an open vacancy chooses an optimal search effort in order to attract job candidates. This search effort depends on the productivity of the firm and, contrary to the previous literature, workers send simultaneous applications to open vacancies. We assess the model predictions by using the IAB Job Vacancy Survey, a representative Survey among human resource managers in Germany reporting information about their most recent recruitment case.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 33/2017

    The Effects of Skill-Biased Technical Change on Productivity Flattening and Hours Worked

    20 November 2017

    In a structural macroeconometric analysis based on comprehensive micro data, the authors examine
    the role of skill-biased technical change for the flattening of productivity growth and
    effects on hours worked.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 32/2017

    Big Data – the beginning of a golden age for empirical labour market research? An interview with IAB researcher Frauke Kreuter

    17 November 2017

    Professor Frauke KreuterBig Data! This is the new magic word in labour market research. But what is this really about? What is the use of it? And what does it mean for data protection and the training and further training of our researchers? Prof. Frauke Kreuter, Head of the Statistical Methods Centre (Kompetenzzentrum Empirische Methoden – KEM) in the IAB, answers these questions in an interview for IAB-Forum.

    The full interview can be found in our magazine IAB-Forum.

    EU project analyses international labor migration from different perspectives

    09 November 2017

    Junge Leute mit GlobusThe European network “Global mobility of employees” offers IAB a unique opportunity to transnationally co-operate with partners from academia, industry, and administration and to jointly train early stage researchers.

    The full article can be found in our magazine IAB-Forum



    Walking between the worlds – labour market economist and former Secretary of State Pedro S. Martins

    19 October 2017

    Pedro S. MartinsPedro S. Martins is an expert spanning boundaries between science and politics: Martins, who is now doing research at Queen Mary University of London, was Secretary of State in the Ministry for Economics and Employment of his home country Portugal from 2011 until 2013.  At a time when unemployment, especially among the youth, achieved a record high across Southern Europe as a result of the economic and financial crisis. As a politician, he got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combat job crisis by implementing measures that he himself had always advocated as a researcher.  

    In an interview to the IAB-Forum magazine, he airs his assessments and experience.

    Quantifying the effect of labor market size on learning externalities

    13 October 2017

    We show for Germany that labor productivity as reflected in wage is, ceteris paribus, higher for workers who previously acquired work experience in rather urban labor markets with a large local workforce than in rather rural labor markets which are small in terms of regional employment. Our empirical analysis provides new evidence on the magnitude of these dynamic agglomeration gains by estimating the elasticity of wages with regard to the (cumulated) size of the local labor markets in which workers acquired experience.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 31/2017




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