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WSI: Key research topics: Labour market and working conditions

In recent years, labour market policy has been challenged by huge structural changes, most of all by the increase in non-standard and often also precarious forms of employment. Moreover, quality of work has changed – growing job-related stress being one major example.

WSI projects look into the economic and institutional determinants of changes on the national and international level, and seek to identify and assess options for future policy adaptation, with a focus on solutions improving the labour market situation to the benefit of employees. The impact of labour law and social regulations on labour market access and conditions of employment, and the linkages between these dimensions are accounted for by the interdisciplinary co-operation of economists, political scientists, sociologists and law experts in the research area.

Main research topics

labour market changes, non-standard and precarious employment - labour market (de)regulation - quality of work, job-related stress, corporate labour policies - innovation and productivity of companies and sectors

Dissertation projects

Selected projects and publications

Lott, Yvonne / Wöhrmann, Anne : Working-time demands and work-life balance

Spillover and crossover effects of working time demands on work–life balance satisfaction among dual‑earner couples: Findings indicate that high working time demands negatively impact the work–life balance satisfaction of workers and their partners because of work–life conflict experienced either by the workers only or by both partners.

Lott Woehrmann Current Psychology

Research network : Employment hybridization in Europe

How are the structure and extent of hybrid employment in Europe developing, what should the flanking measures be in terms of labour, social and collective law? The project examines these questions by comparing seven EU countries.

Keyvisual Erwerbshybridisierung

WSI Working Paper 211, 11/2019 : Reasons for not working from home in an ideal worker culture

The study investigates workers' reasons for not working from home in German workplaces. Yvonne Lott (WSI) and Anja Abendroth (University Bielefeld) ask to what degree cultural barriers, besides technical barriers, are reasons for not working from home. Regression analyses using LPP data show that women - independent of their status positions - are more likely not to work from home due to perceived cultural barriers.

New book by W. Conen and J. Schippers, Edward Elgar 2019 : The ‘new’ self-employed and hybrid forms of employment: challenges for social policies in Europe

The extension of social security protection to all paid workers – including to self-employed workers and atypical-, flexible- and hybrid-job holders – is a fundamental prerequisite for strengthening Europe’s social dimension. Karin Schulze Buschoff (WSI) shows that the Dutch basic old-age pension system and the Austrian approach could serve as suitable models for other countries.