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The magazine of the Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency

The magazine presents articles on the wide variety of research at the IAB. All editions focus on a specific topic. Additional short articles on various other research topics, on events at the IAB and its people, round off each edition. The IAB-Forum is published twice a year, and only in German.

Cover of IAB Forum 2/2014

Issue 2/2014

With the strong growth of atypical employment relationships, the public debate on the quality of work and employment has become more significant. But the debate has also been fuelled by the attempts of many companies to position themselves as attractive employers in the ever increasing competition for qualified staff. However, what is the quality of work and employment really like? In Issue 2/2014 of the IAB-Forum we draw up the balance.

The authors of this issue pursue the following questions:

  • What constitutes "good work"?
  • What effect does the quality of work and employment have on how satisfied the employees are?
  • How long are temporary agency workers employed in the same temporary work agency?
  • Do the atypically employed look for new or additional work more often than permanent, full-time employees?
  • What role do certificates play in in-house personnel policy?
  • What in-house factors facilitate or hamper the compatibility of a profession and a family?
  • How widespread are in-house measures to promote health – and to what extent do these influence the state of health of the employees?
  • How soon do persons drawing unemployment benefit I (ALG I) find a new job? And to what extent do they have to put up with lower pay?

Also in this issue: an interview with Stefan Bender, the Head of our Research Data Centre (FDZ) which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2014, as well as a guest contribution from Rolf Lachmann and Gerald Sailmann on the necessity of a binding minimum standard for dual study courses. In this issue, we also deal once more with the topic of "self-administration at the Federal Employment Agency".


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Links to translated articles

IAB-Forum 1/2013

Cover IAB-Forum 1/2013

The IAB-Forum is published only in German. Selected articles of this special edition are translated into English.

Skilled labour requirements in firms: Shortages are emerging in some sectors and regions
Location choice: Why German firms invest in the Czech Republic

IAB-Forum Spezial

IAB-Forum Spezial

The IAB-Forum is published only in German. Selected articles of this special edition are translated into English. 

Crisis Analysis and Recommendations
Anti-Crisis Programmes in Europe and the USA
Economic Stimulus Plans against the crisis