Welcome to the Institute

for Labour Law and Industrial Relations

in the European Union

THE INSTITUTE

The employees of the IAAEU research the underlying economic and legal conditions for labour in a constantly changing European society. Our task is project-related research, which is interdisciplinary, socially relevant and receives international attention. The goal is to influence the public discourse with scientific findings and thereby improve the conditions for labour and industrial relations. In that light, the institute understands itself as an initiating force for other researchers and for the region. The IAAEU was founded as a public law foundation in 1983. The institute is financed by the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate and is also a scientific institution attached to Trier University. It is located on Campus II of the University.

Research at the IAAEU takes place under a tight cooperation between the two chairs of the co-directors Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Monika Schlachter (International and European Labour Law and Civil Law) and Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke (Business Administration – Personnel Economics). Furthermore, the institute maintains an extensive library with a unique collection of works pertinent to labour law, industrials relations, particularly industrial relations between member states of the EU, and personnel economics.


News
New publication in Labour Economics

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the labour market and economy in many countries since March 2020. Many governments responded to the pandemic by encouraging workers to work from home. As home-based work is expected to continue after the end of the pandemic, a comprehensive assessment of workers' home-based work performance is important for determining future policies. Yue Huang recently published a new study entitled "Home sweet home: Working from home and employee performance during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK" in the journal Labour Economics in collaboration with Sumit S. Deole, research associate at the Chair of Banking and Finance, University of Trier, and Max Deter, research associate at the Chair of Public Economics, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Using representative data from the United Kingdom, they find that the pandemic-related increase in the frequency of working from home is associated with higher self-assessed hourly productivity among employed respondents. This association is weaker for parents with increased homeschooling needs due to school closures during lockdowns. Moreover, the effect heterogeneity analysis highlights the role of crucial job-related characteristics in the baseline association. Looking at the future of home-based work, they also show that workers' recent experiences with working from home and subsequent changes in hourly productivity are closely associated with their desire to work from home in the future.

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New publication in Oxford Economic Papers

New study by Laszlo Goerke and Sven Hartmann on "Habit Formation and Trade Unions," published in Oxford Economic Papers. The assumption that preferences are separable over time, e.g. that the evaluation of today's income does not depend on past income levels, has long since been an important assumption for economic analyses of human behaviour. Empirical findings, however, suggest that an individual’s well-being is not only determined by their current wage, but is also influenced by comparisons with past income. In many cases, employees prefer an increasing wage over time to a decreasing income, even if the sum of all payments is the same in both cases. Accordingly, preferences that are co-determined by comparisons over time have an impact on the behaviour of individuals, as has already been shown for many economically relevant situations. Consequently, they also influence the functioning of labour market institutions.

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Former IAAEU staff member appointed member of the Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Poland

We congratulate former IAAEU staff member Joanna Tyrowicz on her appointment as a member of the Monetary Policy Council (Rada Polityki Pieniężnej), a body of the National Bank of Poland, which decides on the Polish interest rates. She was recently elected for a six-year term. We wish her all the best for her new position and that she can continue to act with the typical composure and foresight that she has always demonstrated during her time at our institute!

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News
New publication in Labour Economics

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the labour market and economy in many countries since March 2020. Many governments responded to the pandemic by encouraging workers to work from home. As home-based work is expected to continue after the end of the pandemic, a comprehensive assessment of workers' home-based work performance is important for determining future policies.

Read more
New publication in Oxford Economic Papers

New study by Laszlo Goerke and Sven Hartmann on "Habit Formation and Trade Unions," published in Oxford Economic Papers. The assumption that preferences are separable over time, e.g. that the evaluation of today's income does not depend on past income levels, has long since been an important assumption for economic analyses of human behaviour. Empirical findings, however, suggest that an individual’s well-being is not only determined by their current wage, but is also influenced by comparisons with past income.

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Events
Colloquium on Economics

In October, the winter semester colloquium season at the IAAEU will be beginning. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in the Max-Weber room (H714) at Campus II . All lectures are open to the public. To participate in the lectures, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brownbag Seminar

Brwonbag seminars will again be held at the IAAEU in the winter semester of 2022/23. More information about the lectures, as well as contact persons can be found on our page.

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Events
Colloquium on Economics

In October, the winter semester colloquium season at the IAAEU will be beginning. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in the Max-Weber room (H714) at Campus II . All lectures are open to the public. To participate in the lectures, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brownbag Seminar

Brwonbag seminars will again be held at the IAAEU in the winter semester of 2022/23. More information about the lectures, as well as contact persons can be found on our page.

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