Considering labor market trajectories
In this department, processes of labor market integration are described and analyzed. Its work takes a temporal perspective, highlighting both the life course and the influence of institutional and structural arrangements. One focus of the department’s research is on studying the interdependency between gender and immigration in the production of labor market inequality. Another focus is on analyzing the labor market situation of immigrants and their descendants from a cross-country comparative perspective. A third area of the department’s work studies how immigration affects the German labor market and to what extent changes in employment affect inequality between people with and without an immigration background in the context of structural changes on the German labor market.
Resources and obstacles in labor market trajectories
The department studies the labor market integration and labor market trajectories of immigrants and their children in the context of the resources these individuals have at their disposal and the obstacles they have to overcome. One important question deals with how immigrants and their children use their resources on the German labor market. Another deals with the different forms of discrimination that may pose serious obstacles to their labor market integration. The department’s research considers both objective discrimination as well as individuals’ subjective experiences of discrimination.
Mixed methods research
The department’s research is characterized by the use of mixed methodologies. A central element of this approach is the evaluation of representative survey data from Germany, including data from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), in particular the new SOEP-IAB Migration Sample. Other aspects of the department’s work require the collection and analysis of qualitative and experimental data.