Aims and Scope

The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) analyzes the problems associated with the organization of labor in a rapidly developing globalized economic environment. Within different program areas, IZA focuses on original and internationally competitive research activities in all fields of labor economics. In addition IZA provides policy advice on crucial issues of labor market policy.

Main Tasks of IZA

  • To undertake original and internationally competitive research activities in all fields of labor economics
  • To promote the transfer of scientific findings into practical policy concepts
  • To disseminate research results and concepts to the interested public

Nature and Contents of Research Activities at IZA

  • Innovative, empirical research using econometric analysis of large individual data sets
  • Microeconomic research focusing on individual and firm-level decisions
  • International comparative research in close cooperation with foreign scientific institutes and organizations
  • Examination, documentation and evaluation of new concepts in labor market policy and of employment initiatives in business (scientific advice and evaluation)
Locally employed personnel in areas of research, documentation, and information is supported by external economists (Research Fellows and Affiliates) and Policy Fellows within the framework of international joint research activities as well as by doctoral students taking part in the IZA research program. Both national and international Research Associates work temporarily at IZA. A close cooperation with the University of Bonn has been established in order to give additional momentum to academic research and teaching. The IZA research network is committed to the IZA Guiding Principles of Research Integrity.