17. November 2017 | Interview

Big Data – the beginning of a golden age for empirical labour market research? An interview with IAB researcher Frauke Kreuter

Martin Schludi

Big Data! This is the new magic word in labour market research. But what is this really about? What is the use of it? And what does it mean for data protection and the training and further training of our researchers? Prof. Frauke Kreuter answers these questions in an interview for IAB-Forum. ...read more

19. October 2017 | Interview

Walking between the worlds – labour market economist and former Secretary of State Pedro S. Martins

Silke Anger, Martin Schludi

Pedro S. Martins is an expert spanning boundaries between science and politics: Martins, who is now doing research at Queen Mary University of London, was Secretary of State in the Ministry for Economics and Employment of his home country Portugal from 2011 until 2013. ...read more

14. September 2017 | Interview

The impact of the digital revolution on the labour market: an interview with IAB Director Joachim Möller

Is the digital revolution a job-destroyer or a job-creator? How will it change traditional occupational images? In this interview IAB Director Joachim Möller discusses these questions and argues for a “flexibility compromise” between the social partners as a strategy to organize the consequences of technological change on the labour market in a productive and socially acceptable manner. ...read more

13. September 2017 | Interview

Should the US introduce a dual vocational training system following the German example? Four questions to IAB researcher Simon Janssen

Martin Schludi

In an article in the Wall Street Journal the American labour market economist Edward Lazear and the IAB researcher Simon Janssen recommend that the US introduce a dual vocational training system following the German example. The US economist Erik A. Hanushek clearly objected to this. Reason enough for the IAB-Forum to inquire with Simon Janssen. ...read more

1. September 2017 | Labour Market, Employment and Social Policy

Active labour market policy in Germany: an interview with IAB Director Joachim Möller

Active labour market policy plays an important role in Germany. In an interview to the IAB-Forum magazine, IAB Director Joachim Möller discusses its underlying principles such as the idea of “demanding and supporting” (Fordern und Fördern). He emphasizes the fact that evaluation results tend to have a significant impact on the design of labour market policies. ...read more

16. August 2017 | Education and Chances of Employment

The dual apprenticeship system in Germany: an interview with IAB Director Joachim Möller

In recent years, Germany has taken in a great number of people who abandoned their home countries fleeing from the war, political persecution and economic hardship. In 2015, the number of those who fled to Germany amounted to almost one million which is a historic record high. Integration of these people into the labour market poses a massive challenge for the Country. ...read more

3. August 2017 | International Labour Markets

Refugees and migration in Germany: an interview with IAB Director Joachim Möller

In recent years, Germany has taken in a great number of people who abandoned their home countries fleeing from the war, political persecution and economic hardship. In 2015, the number of those who fled to Germany amounted to almost one million which is a historic record high. Integration of these people into the labour market poses a massive challenge for the Country. ...read more

20. July 2017 | Wages and Employment

The German minimum wage: an interview with IAB Director Joachim Möller

After many years of debates, 2015 saw the introduction of a statutory minimum wage of € 8.50 per hour (€ 8.84 since 2017) in Germany. While opponents of the minimum wage predicted negative effects on employment, some advocates expected the number of wage earners depending on social basic benefits to decrease significantly due to the minimum wage. In an interview for the IAB-Forum, Joachim Möller, Director of IAB, explains to what extent these fears or hopes proved true. ...read more

14. July 2017 | International Labour Markets

Digitalising the economy: The future of employment and qualification in Germany

Enzo Weber

The new complex and intelligent digitalisation poses a significant challenge to the economies and the labour markets. In this context, the underlying article discusses the future of employment and changes in qualification requirements as well as policies for vocational and further training, social security and the coordination of flexibility. ...read more

12. July 2017 | International Labour Markets

European unemployment insurance: finding the golden mean

Enzo Weber

Ever since Europe slipped into severe recession following the financial crisis in the U.S., people have been discussing how to make the European Union better equipped for such an economic collapse. In more concrete terms, the power of a community is supposed to prevent individual members from getting into significant economic difficulties which may even go as far as considering exit from the community. ...read more

30. June 2017 | About the German labour market

The German labour market in a nutshell

Martin Schludi

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Germany’s labour market was in such a poor state that the country was described as ’the sick man of Europe’. Today, by contrast, the labour market is in such a good state that commentators around the world talk of the “German job miracle”. ...read more

Short News

29. August 2017

IAB Labour Market Barometer for Germany

Every month, the IAB labour market barometer provides a short-term outlook for the development of both employment and unemployment in Germany.

20. April 2017

Key indicators of the German labour market

In a data appendix to its recent publication "Arbeitsmarkt kompakt" the IAB offers a broad range of key indicators of the German labour market.

20. April 2017

Industry 4.0 – job-producer or employment-destroyer?

A current report (2/2016) published by the IAB discusses the employment effects of the digital revolution in German manufacturing.