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.

The first WeLaR webinar attracted more than 40 participants
Leuven, Belgium, 3 March 2023 – WeLaR’s first webinar, “European Welfare States in Crisis? Labour Markets in Flux?” aimed at introducing the project to its stakeholders.
The first WeLaR webinar
We are going to discuss: European Welfare States in Crisis. Labour markets in flux.
The VI Jobs & Development Conference
Researchers from all over the world presented a wide range of the latest research on labour economics, mainly focusing on the challenge of creating better jobs in developing countries.
ENBLOC project’s inauguration
On 16th January 2023, IBS and CVUT teams met in Warsaw to officially start the ENBLOC project.
New Year’s climate research and policy workshop, i.e. IBS on energy transformation
During the New Year's workshop, the researchers of IBS presented the latest research findings on energy transformation to chosen stakeholders responsible for fostering and conducting climate policy in Poland.
Project workshop TIPPING+ in Paris
1-2 December 2022, Joanna Mazurkiewicz, Jan Frankowski, Jakub Sokołowski and Baiba Witajewska-Baltvilka participated in a TIPPING+ project workshop hosted by the Paris School of Economics.
2023-01-27 The Employment Effects of the Disability Education Gap in Europe
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We investigate the role of education in creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities across the European Union. We use the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) for 2011-2019. We find that educational attainment is a major factor determining the probability of ...
2022-12-19 How to ensure a just approach to retrofitting social housing?
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Widespread modernisation of social housing is essential if the country is to avoid exacerbating energy poverty in its cities. In Poland, the inhabitants of social housing estates are people with low and insecure incomes; their homes are often in poor condition and are usually heated ...
2022-12-08 Job quality gaps between migrant and native gig workers: evidence from Poland
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The gig economy has grown worldwide, opening labour markets but raising concerns about precariousness. Using a tailored, quantitative survey in Poland, we study taxi and delivery platform drivers' working conditions and job quality. We focus on the gaps between natives and migrants, who constitute about ...
2022-11-28 The global divergence in the de-routinisation of jobs
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We establish new stylised facts about the global evolution and distribution of routine and non-routine work, relaxing the common assumption that occupations are identical globally. We combine survey data and regression models to predict the country-specific routine-task intensity of occupations in 87 countries employing over ...
2022-11-22 Mapping the indirect employment of hard coal mining: a case study of Upper Silesia, Poland
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It is insufficient to calculate the number of jobs in the mining industry to determine the labour market effects of a coal phase-out. This paper estimates the scale of mining-related and mining-dependent jobs in Europe’s largest hard coal mining region: Upper Silesia. In addition, we ...
2022-10-13 #IamLGBT: Social Networks and Coming Out
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In recent decades, there has been a marked increase in the number of people disclosing their LGBTQ identity. We propose a model of a game on a network with social learning to investigate the role of peer effects in coming out with decisions. We use ...
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