Working paper

When machines judge people

Predictive policing, credit assessments, job recruitment – algorithmic systems are impacting many areas of life today. If machine-based decisions are to serve people and their needs, society must shape how those decisions are made, for example by establishing criteria that ensure algorithmic predictions are truly beneficial. For this to be the case, predictions must be applied in an objective manner and must be refutable, and it must be possible for them to be independently verified. read more...



Technological Innovation Promises to Reshape Global Economy

Advances in technology – from the Internet of things to artificial intelligence, automation and big data – promise to reshape the labor market and economy in dramatic ways, said Denis McDonough, former chief of staff to U.S. President Barack Obama, at the ninth annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times conference in Washington, DC. read more...

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

This year's Reinhard Mohn Prize "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." will go to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia. We award him the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services. Ilves will be awarded the prize worth €200,000 at a ceremony in Gütersloh on June 29. read more...



Upturn on EU's labor markets does not benefit everyone

Three years after the economic and financial crisis reached its peak in Europe, the employment rate has increased. Yet major challenges remain: 4.6 million young Europeans are without jobs, many people cannot live on what they earn despite working full time, and the risk of poverty is acute for parts of the population in several EU member states. read more...



Is China buying "Made in Germany"?

German technology is globally very popular – including in China.  However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the interest being shown in it by the Middle Kingdom. Takeovers by Chinese firms are being observed with increasing skepticism and in some recent cases are even subject to government review. We have analyzed Chinese investments of recent years - with mixed conclusions. read more...



Integrating refugees into the labor market: No cure-all in sight

Everywhere in Europe, policy makers are looking for ways to help asylum-seekers and refugees find jobs. It's a major challenge and the tools being used vary – from language courses and internships to competency tests and training programs. No one, however, has found a surefire approach, as our new study shows. read more...



Long-term unemployment is becoming a structural problem for the EU

Long-term unemployment is one of the biggest challenges faced by any labor market. The longer a person goes without work, the harder it is for them to get a foot back in the door. Our study shows that, particularly in southern EU states, long-term unemployment is becoming a structural problem and a burden on the entire economy. read more...

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EU comparison: German labor market prepared for the future

Labor market policy is a challenge for all European governments. The desire for stable and secure jobs and the demand for flexibility are facing each other. Our new study has examined and compared the mobility of the European labor markets. Here Germany seems to be well prepared. read more...