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Labor Market and Working World

The field of competence Labor Market and Working World deals with the question of how the labour market is changing due to globalisation and digitalisation, among other things.

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The researchers look both at individual companies and the economy as a whole and investigate qualitative and quantitative aspects of employment. They analyse and evaluate how the different actors in the labour market – companies, employees, managers and works councils, unions and employers’ associations, and legislators – react to changes in the economic environment. The work of the research unit extends from economic policy issues and empirical research to the practical implementation of detailed HR strategies.

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Oliver Stettes

Dr. Oliver Stettes

Head of the Research Unit Labour and Personnel Economics

Tel: +49 221 4981-697
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Christiane Flüter-Hoffmann

Christiane Flüter-Hoffmann

Senior Researcher for Human Resource Management Policies

Tel: +49 221 4981-841
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Andrea Hammermann

Dr. Andrea Hammermann

Senior Economist for Working Conditions and Human Resource Management Policies

Tel: +49 221 4981-314
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Holger Schäfer

Holger Schäfer

Senior Economist for Employment and Unemployment

Tel: +49 30 27877-124
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Jörg Schmidt

Dr. Jörg Schmidt

Senior Economist for Working Conditions, Employment and Unemployment

Tel: +49 30 27877-133
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Studies and contributions

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Home office after almost two years of pandemic
IW-Report No. 2 19. January 2022

Home office after almost two years of pandemic

Christiane Flüter-Hoffmann / Oliver Stettes

This study presents a retrospective and an outlook on the spread and structure of the spatial and temporal flexibilization of work in Germany, Europe and the U.S.


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An Empirical Analysis Based on the 2018 BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey
IW-Trends No. 4 6. January 2022

Factors Influencing the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Companies

Christiane Flüter-Hoffmann / Andrea Hammermann / Roschan Monsef

The Coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on the extreme importance of social cohesion and professional interaction in the workplace for employees’ well-being and job satisfaction.


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Opportunity or Risk
IW-Trends No. 4 15. December 2021

Low-Wage Employment in Germany: Opportunity or Risk

Holger Schäfer

Low-wage employment is often perceived as a societal problem to be minimised by means of legislation. Using data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), this study shows that while there are indeed indications that low-wage workers experience social problems more frequently than higher-wage employees, they are generally better off than the unemployed.


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Disrupted Production, Price Rises and Pandemic Policies
IW-Trends No. 4 29. November 2021

IW Economic Forecast Winter 2021: Disrupted Production, Price Rises and Pandemic Policies

IW-Forschungsgruppe Gesamtwirtschaftliche Analysen und Konjunktur

In the course of 2021 Germany’s economic recovery has once again perceptibly lost momentum. After the strain brought about at the beginning of the year by the lockdown for the second and third waves of the Covid19 pandemic, manufacturing and construction companies are now struggling with a shortage of materials, while higher prices for fossil fuels are imposing an additional burden.


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Labour market participation, employment structures and personal assessments
IW-Analyse No. 147 22. November 2021

People with impairments in the labour market

Christiane Flüter-Hoffmann / Andrea Kurtenacker / Jörg Schmidt

This IW Analysis provides an empirical overview of the labour market situa¬tion of people with officially recognized disabilities based on official statistics and of people with impairments using data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).


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