Labour, Migration and Income Distribution

Main research focus

Transition and restructuring had and still have profound effects on the labour markets of CEE, SEE and CIS countries. We focus on ongoing developments and the effects of restructuring processes in labour markets where we have also expanded our research to analyse labour market developments, changing skill structures, job characteristics, etc. across the EU-27 in a comparative manner.

New directions

We analyse the extent of migration and its effects on sending and receiving countries alike and work on the size and the characteristics of the informal sector (this analysis includes candidate and prospective candidate countries in Southeast Europe). The development and composition of income and wealth distribution, as well as other social issues have received increasing attention in our work.


Analysis is based on international data-sets in combination with data from national sources. Research is primarily focused on detailed descriptive analysis in combination with statistical and econometric analysis.