Commissioned by: Insolvenz-Entgelt-Fonds Service GmbH
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research
The research project examines the extent to which the economic distortions caused by the COVID-19 crisis will affect the insolvency
risk (i.e., more insolvencies and higher insolvency volumes) and, as a result, will increase the utilisation of the Insolvency
Remuneration Fund. Of particular interest are the expected cases and volumes of disbursements the Fund will face. For a quantitative
estimation of these target figures, a multi-level approach is chosen in the research project. Stage I elaborates on the data
generation and compilation of relevant factors concerning the insolvency risk. Based on this, an analytical framework (Stage
II.A) is defined and a scenario assessment of the effects (Stage II.B) is provided.
Commissioned by: Public Employment Service Austria – Federal Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – Institute for Advanced Studies – Synthesis
Das Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich etabliert zur Beratung in Fragen der Arbeitsmarktprognosen und möglicher Adaptierungen
arbeitsmarktpolitische Maßnahmen im Laufe der COVID-19-Pandemie. Dieses Gremium wird von Expertinnen und Experten mehrerer
Forschungsinstitute beschickt und vom WIFO koordiniert.
In the two major crises of the last 12 years (financial market and economic crisis, COVID-19 crisis), the drastic slump in
production and value added was only reflected on the labour market to a significantly lesser extent. This is largely due to
a reduction in the number of hours worked per employee. Although the use of short-time work contributed to this decline in
working hours, it was by no means its sole cause, especially during the financial market and economic crisis. This study draws
on data on macroeconomic developments, working time trends and the use of short-time work. It examines whether, in which economic
phases and to what extent changes in working hours influence the relationship between economic growth and employment and to
what extent the development of these two variables has decoupled.
In view of the tense situation on the labour market, the effect of preventive and reactive labour market policy measures in
the business cycle is being investigated on the basis of a literature survey and a counterfactual impact analysis. The subject
matter is company integration subsidies, employment projects on the secondary labour market and selected training measures.
The methodological approach is based on the question of which instruments are particularly suitable in times of crisis to
avoid unemployment or to bring the unemployed into employment and which instruments are particularly effective in times of
economic upswing. The results of the study are intended to provide a basis for decisions on the budgetary endowment of labour
market policy instruments in the various economic phases. They also serve to review labour market policy instruments with
regard to efficiency, employment incentives and reintegration into sustainable employment.
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
With the aim of using labour market policy instruments more effectively and efficiently, AMS Austria has developed the Labour
Market Opportunities Assistance System. From 2020, this system shall provide additional individualised information and thus
support counsellors in the selection of an individualised care strategy. In order to be able to deal in greater depth with
the labour market policy strategy change to improve efficiency and effectiveness and the instruments that are suitable for
implementing this strategy change, the BMASGK has decided to set up a "Sounding Board". The task of this scientific Sounding
Board is to provide the BMASGK and the AMS with qualified feedback regarding the implementation of this change in strategy.
Against this background, the Sounding Board is concerned with increasing clarity and transparency in connection with the introduction
of the Labour Market Opportunities Assistance System, with a structured inclusion of scientific and labour market policy standpoints
and with objectifying the debate on the Labour Market Opportunities Assistance System.
Im Rahmen des Projektes wird ermittelt, ob, in welchem Ausmaß und für welche Arbeitsmarktgruppen sich die Erwerbsintegration
und ihre Qualität in den letzten Jahrzehnten verändert hat. Die Veränderungen der Erwerbsverläufe werden anhand von Erwerbslaufbahnen
40-Jähriger bzw. ergänzend auch 30-jähriger abgebildet. Verglichen werden die Erwerbskarrieren von drei bzw. vier Geburtsjahrgangsgruppen
im Abstand von jeweils 10 Jahren, für die aus den Daten des Hauptverbandes der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger,
die am WIFO verarbeitet werden, wesentliche Teile der Erwerbskarrieren ab dem potentiellen Arbeitsmarkteintritt mit 15 Jahren