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.

About energy poverty during the Clean Air Forum
On 22nd February 2024, Jan Frankowski took part in a debate during the Clean Air Forum at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw.
Workshop meeting of the ENBLOC project in Prague
On 16-17 January, teams from IBS and the Czech Technical University in Prague met for the second time to cooperate in the ENBLOC project on the energy transition of housing cooperatives in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Call for papers for the WeLaR Project Conference
WeLaR - the Horizon Europe project will host a conference on the effects of global trends on European labour markets and welfare states in Leuven, Belgium 23-24 May, 2024.
Untangled Final Conference
The conference took place in Leuven on 23 October 2023. Researchers originating from over 15 institutions presented the results of about 30 research papers. Zuzanna Kowalik and Karol Madoń represented IBS.
Paths2Include project – next steps
We were in Girona on November 23rd and 24th at the meeting of the international research project Paths2Include. The project aims to investigate various aspects of discrimination in the labour market and develop recommendations to increase employment opportunities for people in vulnerable situations.
The policy guide on data transparency is out!
Zuzanna Kowalik is one of the co-authors shaping the narrative within the policy guide on data transparency.
2024-01-24 Minimum Hours Constraints: The Role of Organizational Culture
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We develop a model in which minimum hours constraints (MHC) arise due to both the characteristics of the production function and managerial attitudes. The importance of the organizational culture can be deduced from the correlation between the MHC faced by core task personnel and administrative ...
2023-12-18 Automation In Shared Service Centres: Implications For Skills And Autonomy In A Global Organisation
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The offshoring-fuelled growth of the Central and Eastern European business services sector gave rise to shared service centres (SSCs), quasi-autonomous entities providing routine-intensive tasks for the central organisation. The advent of technologies like Intelligent Process Automation, Robotic Process Automation, and Artificial Intelligence jeopardises SSCs’ employment ...
2023-11-23 Part-time Employment Opportunities and Labour Supply of Older Workers
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I investigate the links between part-time employment opportunities and older workers' labour supply adjustments, focusing on the extensive and intensive margins. Utilising data from 30 European countries from 2011 to 2021, I construct a quasi-panel that compares individuals aged 60-64 with those aged 55-59 from ...
2023-10-09 Automation and income inequality in Europe
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We study the effects of robot penetration on household income inequality in 14 European countries between 2006–2018, a period marked by the rapid adoption of industrial robots. We establish that, similarly to the United States, automation reduced relative hourly wages and employment of directly affected ...
2023-10-02 Housing cooperatives facing the energy transition. Insights from Poland and Czechia
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This study constitutes preliminary analytical material concerning the adaptative capacity of housing cooperatives to accommodate energy transition in Poland and Czechia. This report comprehensively utilises administrative data from Polish and Czech national registers for the first time. These data have been employed to (1) compare ...
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, ...
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