Jobs, mental health and social policy in times of COVID-19

Client/Funding Institution

FWF - Austrian Science Fund


In this project, a research team at wiiw is investigating important structural and distributional social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the impact of the crisis on different economic sectors and on their organisation, the topics of employment and re-employment as well as the perspectives of different social groups are taken into account. For this purpose, a model is developed that captures the main features of the social and structural impacts in the medium and long term ('agent-based stock-flow consistent model'). Besides factors of labour market economics, it also includes changes in technology, productivity and work organisation as well as economic policy decisions. Four empirical studies shed light on important components of the theoretical model. These include structural developments of economic activities, different employment models, homeworking and effects on mental health, analysis of government measures.


November 2021 - October 2023

wiiw team Leader

Michael Landesmann

wiiw Staff

Ronald Hartwig, Philipp Heimberger, Stefan Jestl, Branimir Jovanović, Sandra M. Leitner, Oliver Reiter, Maryna Tverdostup


Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution