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    Working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic: usage, barriers, and wishes for the future

    30 July 2021

    Young man sitting in his homeoffice in front of his laptopIn response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, work for many employees shifted from their workplace to their home. Two current online surveys by the IAB show the extent to which working from home has changed in Germany, which barriers have been removed, and how employees would like to use it in the future.

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

    Click the following link for more articles in the "Series: COVID-19 Crisis: Consequences for the Labour Market"


    International Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and the (Un)employment of Migrants

    30 July 2021

    Three men in front of a Job Center.The authors study the effect of trade liberalization and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection on the unemployment rate of migrants relative to non-migrants. They build a North-South trade and growth model with a positive steady state rate of migration.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 11/2021


    Lockdown length and strength: labour-market effects in Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic

    28 July 2021

    Young people are sitting in park, keeping distance from earch otherThis paper evaluates the short-term labour market impact of the COVID-19 containment measures in Germany. It examines two dimensions of the first lockdown in Germany, namely the length and the strength of the lockdown. While the assessment of the length is conducted via variation across regions and time in closing days and curfews, the latter uses the degree of closure in different sectors.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 10/2021

    IAB-Database on Corona Containment Measures


    Call for Papers: Special Series “Quality of Labour Market Research Data”

    26 July 2021

    Cover of the Journal for Labour Market ResearchHigh-quality data are also essential in labour market research. Ensuring this, however, is by no means trivial. A series of articles for the renowned "Journal for Labour Market Research" will therefore address the question of how the quality of relevant data sets can be determined and improved. The editorial board welcomes submissions of papers to this series.

    For more information, please click here: Call for Papers


    Should the German social protection system be adapted following the Covid-19 crisis?

    16 July 2021

    A map of Europe with a Corona Virus hovering over the mapSocial protection systems play an important role in mitigating the negative social consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. The crisis has clearly revealed gaps in the social protection systems of most European countries – especially regarding the solo-self-employed; persons working in new forms of non-standard employment such as platform workers; and so-called “mini-jobbers” which are specific to Germany. These gaps call for further adjustments which extend beyond the crisis.

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

    Click the following link for more articles in the series “COVID-19 Crisis: Consequences for the Labour Market".


    European Labour Market Barometer: Leap to a record level

    05 July 2021

    The European labour market barometer provides an outlook for the development of the European labour market in the next three months. In June 2021, component A (unemployment) stands at 105.8 points; component B (employment) stands at 104.8 points; the European labour market barometer averages both components and stands at 105.3 points. Values above 100 signal a positive outlook, values below 100 signal a negative outlook.The European Labour Market Barometer climbed to 105.3 points in June, thus lying exactly 10 points higher than in June 2020. With a rise of 1.9 points compared to May 2021, the leading indicator of the European Network of Public Employment Services and the IAB surpasses the highest level since its first measurement in June 2018.

    Press release

    European Labour Market Barometer


    2nd International Workshop Machine Learning in Labor, Education, and Health Economics

    16 June 2021

    People standing in a roomOn November 18 and 19, 2021, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center (LASER), and IAB will jointly host the 2nd International Workshop Machine Learning in Labor, Education, and Health Economics. The two-day workshop aims to bring together researchers applying machine learning methods in the fields of labor economics, economics of education, and health economics.

    Call for Papers


    European Labour Market Barometer: Biggest rise recorded so far

    04 June 2021

    The European labour market barometer provides an outlook for the development of the European labour market in the next three months. In May 2021, component A (unemployment) stands at 103.8 points; component B (employment) stands at 102.7 points; the European labour market barometer averages both components and stands at 103.3 points. Values above 100 signal a positive outlook, values below 100 signal a negative outlook. The European Labour Market Barometer climbed to 103.3 points in May. With a rise of 2.0 points compared to April, the leading indicator of the European Network of Public Employment Services and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) therefore registered its strongest growth since its records began. “The grip of the pandemic is easing,” says IAB head of forecast Enzo Weber, feeling optimistic. “Europe’s labour markets are starting to recover.”

    Press release

    European Labour Market Barometer



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