TASKS VI: The Digital and Ecological Transformation of the Labour Market

hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung

Start: 15 Sep 2022

End: 16 Sep 2022

  • Overview


    TASKS VI: The Digital and Ecological Transformation of the Labour Market


    6. International BIBB/IAB/ZEW Conference
    hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)



    September 15-16, 2022



    Institute of Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany

    [If Covid-19 prevents a face-to-face event, the conference will take place online (we will make the decision by mid-August at the latest)]



    Digital technologies can be both labour-saving and labour-augmenting, thereby changing the division of labour between humans and machines. While an increasing range of tasks can be automated, new tasks arise at the same time. This digital transformation is likely to interact with the ecological transformation towards a climate-friendly economy, both of which will shape the future of work. On top of that, the Covid-19 pandemic induced fast changes in the organisation and location of work. The aim of this conference is to bring together economists, sociologists and researchers from related fields to discuss frontier research on labour market effects of processes associated with the digital and ecological transformation. Special focus lies on the following questions:

    • How does the division of tasks between workers and machines develop? 
    • Do green jobs differ from non-green jobs in terms of skills and human capital? 
    • How does the digital and ecological transformation affect occupational structure, social positioning and inequality ? 
    • How do job contents and tasks evolve and how do workers adapt? 
    • What is the role of education and training in preparing the workforce for new knowledge and skills requirements?
    • How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect both types of transformations? And what does the pandemic reveal about the interactions between gender, education, work requirements and tasks? 
    • How can policy cushion potential negative outcomes related to these transformations? 
    • How do we measure the digital and ecological transformation and categorise related tasks?
    • What can we learn from new (big) data sources like job advertisements?

    The scientific committee encourages theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions from all areas of labour economics, labour sociology and related fields.


    Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

    • Matias Cortes (York University)
    • Anna Salomons (Ultrecht University) 
    • Francesco Vona (University of Milan) 


    Scientific Committee:

    • Christian Ebner (TU Braunschweig)
    • Hubert Ertl (BIBB, Universität Paderborn)
    • Sebastian Findeisen (Universität Konstanz, ZEW)
    • Bernd Fitzenberger (IAB und FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
    • Georg Graetz (University of Uppsala, IZA Bonn)
    • Michael Handel (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • Norbert Huchler (ISF München)
    • Matthias Parey (University of Surrey, ZEW)
    • Sabine Pfeiffer (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)
    • Emilie Rademakers (Utrecht University)
    • Alexandra Spitz-Oener (HU Berlin, IAB)
    • Olaf Struck (Universität Bamberg)



    • Submission
      • Deadline for submission: May 15, 2022 
      • Decision for acceptance: June 30, 2022

        Please submit an electronic version of your paper or an extended abstract (3 pages) in PDF to IAB.Tasks@iab.de.


    Further information

    The conference fee for presenters is 100€. PhD students who present a paper qualify for a special discounted conference rate.


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