AIAS Lunch Seminar, 21 april: Angela Rauch and Anita Tisch - Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany

Measuring employability and work ability in Germany – research approaches and data availability

Angela Rauch and Anita Tisch

Day: Thursday 21 April 2016
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 20 April, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


We will give a brief overview of (a) data sets, available via the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) including information about migrants and/or employability and (b) research results on employability. Neither in Germany nor on the European level a common definition of employability and work ability can be found. Gazier (1998) gives an overview of the debate and the development of the notion of employability; a summary on the debate on work ability can be found by Ilmarinen (1999). While there is a quite huge national and international network on the measurement of work ability (Work Ability Index; see e.g. The Finish Institute of Occupational Health), only a few attempts have been done to measure employability in Germany. The presentation gives an overview on these attempts and particularly emphasises on IAB-data such as the Panel ‘Labour Market and Social Security’ (PASS) as an annual household survey; the IAB-SOEP Migration Sample (a household survey conducted jointly by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin); lidA – leben in der Arbeit. German cohort study on work, age, health and work participation (a two wave panel study examining the relationship between work, health and work participation among aging employees) and S-MGA – The Study on Mental Health at Work (a study initiated by the German Federal Institute of Occupational Health and Safety).

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