Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre

                                       Fachgebiet Dienstleistungs- und Arbeitsmarktökonomik (520G)

                                                                    
                                                                    
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Canadian International Labour Network
The theme of CILN's research is Labour Market Institutions and Outcomes: A Cross-National Study. Its investigations will focus on the effects of labour-market laws and institutions (e.g., labour legislation, unions, unemployment insurance) on labour-market outcomes (e.g., the distribution of wages, the level and structure of unemployment, and the distribution of resources within the family). The network's research strategy is to link Canadian experts in economics, political science, industrial relations and sociology with researchers working on the same questions in other developed countries, allowing the detailed examination of large-scale statistical databases on more than one country at a time. 
 
CLS: Centre for Labour Market and Social Research
The Centre for Labour Market and Social Research in Aarhus, CLS, was founded in 1993 as a research centre for empirically based research in labour market and social issues. The CLS was started as a research centre under the
Danish National Research Foundation. The centre is now hosted by the University of Aarhus (Department of Economics) in co-operation with the Aarhus School of Business and the Danish National Institute of Social Research. The objectives of the CLS is to produce new research based knowledge about labour market relations and welfare policy
and to train new researchers. 
 
Economic Departments: Labor and Demographic Economics
 
European Employment Observatory
The key aim for the European Employment Observatory is the provision of information and comparative research on employment policies and labour market trends in Europe.
 
ESPE: European Society for Population Economics
The European Society for Population Economics was founded in 1986. Equal emphasis is given to theoretical and applied research focusing on the role played by human capital and demographic variables in economics. Examples of research topics in population economics are: human capital and labour economics, aging and social security, population and economic growth, domestic and international migration, income distribution and redistribution within and between generations, changing age structure and public housing, social security systems and their impact on the propensity to save, population growth and technical progress, or population and the environment. 
 
European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
The ETUI was founded in 1978 on the initiative of the European Trade Union Confederation. It forms a bridge between trade union movement and academic world, keeps trade union organisations informed about various European matters affecting trade union policy and its implementation, and it conducts and promotes independent research on topics of strategic importance for trade unions.
 
Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti
The objective of the fondazione RODOLFO DEBENEDETTI is to promote applied and policy oriented research on three main topics: 1. The reform of public pension systems in the light of demographic trends and the ongoing transformations of capital markets. 2. The causes of European unemployment, its social costs and the political feasibility of strategies aimed at liberalising EU labour markets. 3. The harmonisation of social policies in the European Union as a precondition for effective labour mobility across the EU countries.
 
IAB: Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung der Bundesanstalt für Arbeit
Since 1967 the Institute for Employment Research ("IAB") has been operating as the Federal Employment Services' ("Bundesanstalt für Arbeit") research institution. Research activities are defined in consultation with the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Order; research results are submitted to him. In addition they are available as orientation aids to the general public, particularly the social partners and all interested parties in politics, industry and science. The regular, swift and complete publication of working reports and results ensures the public airing of such research. These publications are to be understood as academic reports and not as business policy statements made by the Federal Employment Services.  
 
Institute for Labour Research (University of Essex)
The Institute for Labour Research was established at the University of Essex in March 1996 as a vehicle to focus and promote economic and social research into the evolution of labour market structure.  
 
International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. 
The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labour administration; labour law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labour statistics and occupational safety and health. It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers'  organizations and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of its governing organs. 
 
IZA: Institute for the Study of Labor
The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) analyzes the problems associated with the organization of work in a rapidly developing globalized economic environment. The research activities are: 1) Innovative, empirical research using econometric analysis of large individual data sets. 2) A microeconomic research focus oriented towards the business sector. 3) International comparative research in close cooperation with foreign scientific institutes and organizations. 4) Examination, documentation and evaluation of new concepts in labor market policy and of employment initiatives in business
(scientific advice and evaluation). 
 
Joint Center for Poverty Research
JCPR concentrates on the causes and consequences of poverty in America and the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing poverty. The goal is to advance what is known about the economic, social and behavioral factors that cause poverty, and to establish the actual effects of interventions designed to alleviate poverty. 
 
LABORatorio Riccardo Revelli (Center for Employment Studies)
The LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies is a research institute associated to the University of Torino, Italy. The mission of the LABORatorio is twofold: (i) pursuing research into labour-related issues, particularly into the operations of European labour markets (ii) developing data-bases for the study of Italy’s labour market and pension system, making them available to other research institutions.
 
Labour and Business History (WWW Virtual Library)
Labour, business and economic history organizations and discussion lists, meta-indexes of labour unions, political organizations, chambers of commerce and companies, archives, libraries, museums and research institutions in labour and business history, meta-indexes of other repositories, university
departments, historical societies, business schools and much more.

Labour Economics Gateway
Collection of Internet-sites which are of interest to labour economists.
Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy
This centre subsumes the research programmes and activities of the Centre of Research on Globalisation and Labour Markets. The research activities are linked by the common theme of globalisation: 1. Globalisation and Labour Markets; 2. The Internationalisation of Economic Policy; 3. Globalisation, Productivity and Technology.
 
LoWER: European Low-Wage Employment Research Network:
LoWER brings together a number of university researchers from different EU-countries each of whom have been working on low pay, minimum wages and wage inequality for a long time. The overall aim of LoWER is to generate improved socio-economic knowledge on low-wage employment as a mechanism of social exclusion with the aim of providing better insights into how one might fight the problem
 
Monthly Labor Review Online
Established in 1915, Monthly Labor Review is the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor. Each month, economists, statisticians, and experts from the Bureau join with private sector professionals and State and local government specialists to provide a wealth of research in a wide variety of fields—the labor force, the economy, employment, inflation, productivity, occupational injuries and illnesses, wages, prices, and many more.
 
Statistical Resources on the Web: Labor and Employment
 
Trade Union Sites on World Wide Web