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    “Exclusion from steady employment is widespread in Denmark, Finland, and Germany.” An interview with Regina Konle-Seidl

    09 October 2019

    German, Danish, and Fnnish flagRegina Konle-Seidl explains in this video interview the concept of chronic unemployment. In many European countries considerable segments of the labour force seem to be excluded from steady employment on the regular labour market. The concept of chronic unemployment aims at capturing this exclusion and goes far beyond the common indicator “long-term unemployment”. A comparison of both indicators across Denmark, Finland, and Germany reveals astonishing differences. Konle-Seidl explains these differences and gives political recommendations how to reduce high rates of chronic unemployment.

    The article can be found in our Magazine IAB-Forum.


    The urban wage premium in imperfect labour markets

    07 October 2019
    Using administrative data for West Germany, this paper investigates whether part of the urban wage premium stems from fierce competition in thick labour markets. We first establish that employers possess less wage-setting power in denser markets. Local differences in wage-setting power predict 1.8–2.1 percent higher wages from a 100 log points increase in population density. We further document that the observed urban wage premium from such an increase drops by 1.5–1.9pp once conditioning on local search frictions. Our results therefore suggest that a substantial part of the urban wage premium roots in differential imperfections across local labour markets.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 21/2019

    Bernd Fitzenberger has been the new Director of the Institute for Employment Research since 01 September

    30 September 2019

    Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger, Ph.D.Economist Bernd Fitzenberger has been the new Director of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg since 01 September. Mr Fitzenberger is the successor of Joachim Möller, who retired after eleven years in office at the end of September 2018. Economist Ulrich Walwei remains the Vice Director. He has been the Deputy Head of the IAB since June 2002 and acted as the Interim Director after Joachim Möller's retirement.

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    Which Factors are behind Germany's Labour Market Upswing?

    27 September 2019

    The strong and sustained labour market upswing in Germany is widely recognized. In a developing literature, various relevant studies highlight different specific reasons. The underlying study, instead, simultaneously considers a broad set of factors in a unified methodological framework and systematically weighs the candidate reasons for the labour market upswing against each other on an empirical basis. The candidates are: shocks on (de)regulation of employment or job creation intensity, the efficiency of the matching process, wage determination, the separation propensity,the size of the labour force, technology, business cycle and working time. We develop a structural macroeconometric framework that leaves as many of the systematic interlinkages as possible for empirical determination while operating with a minimal set of restrictions in order to identify economically meaningful shocks.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 20/2019


    Cochran-Hansen-Prize 2019 honors paper led by Professor Joseph Sakshaug

    26 September 2019

    Professor Joseph SakshaugProfessor Joseph Sakshaug (IAB and University of Mannheim) is the lead author of the winning paper of the Cochran-Hansen-Prize of the International Association of Survey Statisticians awarded to co-author Dr. Diego Andres Perez Ruiz (University of Manchester). The prize, awarded to a young statistician from a developing or transition country, was given to Mexican researcher Dr. Perez-Ruiz for his contributions to the paper “Augmenting Probability-Based Surveys with Nonprobability Survey Information: a Bayesian Approach.” The other co-authors include Dr. Arkadiusz Wiśniowski (University of Manchester) and Prof. Dr. Annelies Blom (University of Manheim).

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    Working time accounts in the public- and private sector: flexible working hours are becoming increasingly important

    11 September 2019

    Close-up of an alarm clock on reflective deskMore and more companies and administrations offer their employees working time accounts. Between 1999 and 2016, the proportion of companies using this instrument has almost doubled. Above all, models that enable a short-term adjustment of work-input are particularly widespread. By contrast, long-term accounts, which facilitate longer leave periods including family leave, remain the exception.

    The article can be found in our Magazine IAB-Forum.



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