Who we are?

The Institute for Structural Research (IBS) is a non-profit research foundation based in Warsaw. Since its establishment in 2006, IBS has been committed to conducting policy-relevant research in economics and other social sciences. Our main areas of interest include labour, population, and energy economics. We conduct academic and applied research, and pay special attention to the societal relevance and policy implications of our work. Issues relevant for Central and Eastern European countries, and emerging and transition economies more generally, are of particular interest to us.

We disseminate our research at the international, national and local levels. We belong to the global Network for Jobs and Development and are involved in global, European, and country-specific projects in cooperation with major institutions. The IBS’ researchers are also associated with leading Polish academic institutions: the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw School of Economics.

IBS Jakub Sokołowski
Central Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network conference ‘Responses to the energy and climate crisis’.
The theme of the Central Eastern European Sustainable Energy Network conference in Budapest was the energy and climate crisis and how cities and regions can counter this crisis.
Work2023 conference in Turku – Digital Capitalism: Peril and Possibilities
At the WORK2023 conference 'Digital Capitalism: Peril and Possibilities,' Zuzanna Kowalik from the Institute for Structural Research unveiled a study investigating job quality gaps between migrant and native platform workers in Poland.
Psychopolitical Interpretations of Attitudes to Climate Change. Summer School in Ljubljana
A meeting of young researchers in Ljubljana (21-25.08.2023) dealt with issues of political ecology. Aleksandra Prusak presented her article at it.
CARE Project kick-off meeting.
Out of over 30 applications, six cities were awarded grants by the ICA Fund: Bogota, Dar es Salaam, Los Angeles, Quezon City, Vancouver, and Warsaw, representing the only European city to receive the grant.
The IAB Conference
IBS on the employment of people with disabilities at the IAB conference
19-20 July 2023. Agata Rozszczypała participated in the "Social policy and the labour market in turbulent times: (no) need for change?" - a workshop organised by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg.
About energy transition in housing during ENHR2023 Conference
From June 28th to 30th, 2023, Jan Frankowski participated in the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) conference. This is the largest scientific event focused on housing studies in Europe.
2023-07-24 Is there room for improvement in wage setting in Poland’s public administration?
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There are several areas for improvement in wage setting in the public administration sector in Poland. Public administration pays a lower premium for tertiary education and offers lower wages for young employees than the business sector. Instead, public administration provides large returns to job tenure, ...
2023-06-28 The role of Global Value Chains for worker tasks and wage inequality
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This paper studies the relationship between global value chain (GVC) participation, worker-level routine task intensity, and wage inequality within countries. Using unique survey data from 38 countries, we find that higher GVC participation is associated with more routine-intensive work, especially among workers in offshorable occupations. ...
2023-06-15 The employment effects of a wage subsidy for the young during an economic recovery
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This study investigates the employment effects of a large-scale wage subsidy programme for the young unemployed that was introduced in 2016, during a period of recovery in the Polish economy. The focus is on the question of whether the effects differed between men and women. ...
2023-05-24 Distributional effects of carbon pricing in Poland
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The report aims to indicate the potential effects of climate policy and point out mechanisms to reduce inequalities caused by increased energy prices. Based on the macroeconomic model and microsimulation, we present the effects of carbon pricing and its consequences for economic sectors and households ...
2023-04-27 How to Prevent Yellow Vests? Evaluating Preferences for a Carbon Tax with a Discrete Choice Experiment.
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Increasing climate policy ambitions create tensions in societies with low trust and social divisions, as shown by the Yellow Vests movement that successfully opposed a carbon tax in France. We study preferences for policies to achieve energy security and climate change mitigation goals in the ...
2023-04-27 Is Poland on track to becoming another France? How to avoid social conflicts sparked by a country’s climate policy?
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Climate policy is crucial for preventing the devastating effects of natural disasters like droughts, floods, and heat waves. It also plays a vital role in reducing Poland's dependence on imported coal, gas, and oil, addressing energy security concerns in the wake of the crisis caused ...
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