Labor Markets and Employment


German labor and employment policies face a multiple challenges which are of central importance for German society. These challenges include changes in demographic, an increasing economic and social injustice, the consequences of globalization, as well as the integration of immigrants in the labor market and society. A successful solution to these challenges is in the interest of political decision makers, business, employee representative committees, organizations and associations, as well as every citizen in our society.

SOKO Institute has become established in nationwide job market, work and employment research. The Institute conducts evaluations, impact analysis and scientific supervision of political programs and regulations of job market policies on behalf of a number of relevant public clients, such as the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Employment Agency (BA), or the Institute for Employment Research (IAB).

For these empirical studies, employed personnel of specific sectors, (long-term) unemployed personnel, families, teenagers and participants of specific programs are interviewed. Alongside the entire portfolio of quantitative and qualitative survey tools, standardized telephone surveys and long-running panel-surveys in multiple cohorts and intervals are conducted.

Current Projects

Scientific Expertise Concerning Safeguarding the Welfare State and the Future of Labor

Customer: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social (BMAS) Affairs

Period: December 2016 - June 2018

Evaluation of State Program „Soziale Teilhabe am Arbeitsmarkt"

Customer: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Period: January 2016 - June 2020

Evaluation of EFS-State Program on Integration of Long-Term Unemployed Beneficiaries According to SGB II in the Labour Market

Customer: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Period: September 2015 - September 2021

Completed Projects

Study "Erwartungen an Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft"

Customer: Bielefeld University – Faculty for Sociology

Period: January 2017 - May 2017

Study on Activation Potential of Parents in the Process of Career Orientation – Possibilities and Limitations

Customer: Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)

Period: May 2016 - April 2017

Survey at Vocational School "Erfolgsfaktoren junger Menschen beim Übergang in Ausbildung"

Customer: Regionale Personalentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (REGE)

Period: November 2016 - March 2017