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 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.
Panel on the Social Climate Fund at the European Housing Day featuring Jakub Sokołowski
IBS contribution to the European Housing Day organised by Habitat for Humanity in Brussels.
Jakub Sokołowski at the 40th Conference of the American and International Association for Energy Economics in Chicago
Jakub Sokołowski from the Institute for Structural Research chaired a session on decarbonisation .
ELMI Christina Gathmann
The ELMI Conference
The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) hosted the first ELMI conference in Belval, Luxembourg, on 30-31 October 2023.
Iga Magda i Piotr Lewandowski o dorobku noblistki Claudii Goldin
Zapraszamy na seminarium Polskiego Towarzystwa Ekonomicznego - Czwartki u Ekonomistów. 9 listopada 2023 godz. 17:00 i online.
64th Annual Conference of the Italian Economic Association
The conference took place in L’Aquila on 19-21 October 2023. Karol Madoń represented IBS.
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, ...
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. ...
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