COVID-19 and the Labor Market

The coronavirus pandemic causes enormous economic and social disruptions that call on various scientific disciplines to search for solutions. As an independent research institute and global network in labor economics, IZA is prepared to rise to this challenge. This website is regularly expanded to provide updated information, new empirical findings, and policy advice.

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Crisis Response Monitoring Updated

Economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting effects on employment, income and working conditions. At the same time, there are significant cross-country differences in the labor market and social policy responses that are deployed to help mitigate the imminent crisis effects. IZA closely monitors these developments in a joint effort with a small number of selected labor economists as country experts. First reports are now available.

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IZA Newsroom

What if working from home will stick?


Distributional and climate impacts for Germany.

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IZA World of Labor

The shadow economy and the Covid-19 pandemic crisis

byDominik Enste

The strong correlation between corruption and shadow economy is a key problem in times of crisis.

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IZA World of Labor

Pandemics and the prospects for higher education in developing countries

byGustavo Yamada, Pablo Lavado

Remote learning can help extend the benefits of higher education to hard-to-reach populations.

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IZA Newsroom

Working from home may hurt productivity


New workplace research finds employees work more hours to maintain the same output.

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Data on COVID-19

Supported by IZA the COVID-19 Impact Lab analyzes the effects of the current crisis and countermeasures on people's behavior, fears, and beliefs. A list of relevant data resources is continuously updated by IZA’s research data center IDSC. The center hosts selected datasets for scientific use.

Impact Lab Data Resources

COVID-19 Research at IZA: Funding and Internal Projects

IZA conducts own COVID-19 related research and supports topical research within the IZA Network. View a list of projects (corresponding authors only) funded under the IZA Coronavirus Emergency Research Thrust and read more about our internal research on the effects of the pandemic.

  • What is at stake without high stake exams?
    Students' evaluation and admission to college at the time of COVID-19

    Caterina Calsamiglia (ICREA & IPEG)

  • Does the exposure to Covid19 shape inequality attitudes?
    Effects of employment, income and health shocks

    Joan Costa-Font (London School of Economics & IZA)

  • The impact of covid-19 on work and time-use in the family

    Libertad González (Universitat Pompeu Fabra & IZA)

  • Subsidizing wages during the COVID-19 crisis:
    Evidence from Australian accounting data

    Steven Hamilton (George Washington University)

  • The Global COVID-19 University Student Survey

    David Jaeger (University of St Andrews & IZA)

  • Short-Time Work and Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Crisis:
    An Empirical Evaluation Using Administrative Data

    Simon Jäger (MIT & IZA)

  • Initial Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Employment and Hours of Self-employed Workers by Gender, Parental Status, and Spousal Employment Status

    Charlene Kalenkoski (Texas Tech University & IZA)

  • Short-term Impacts of COVID-19 on Consumption, Labor Market Outcomes, and Health: Evidence from Singapore

    Seonghoon Kim (Singapore Management University & IZA)

  • Sentiment and Firm Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Sebastian Link (ifo Institute & LMU Munich)

  • Determinants of the community mobility during the COVID-19 epidemic:
    the role of government regulations and information

    Silvia Mendolia (University of Wollongong & IZA)

  • Effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus on Domestic Violence in the US

    Amalia Miller (University of Virginia & IZA)

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic: Economics Meets Epidemiology (Effects of Social Distancing)

    Kurt Mitman (IIES, Stockholm University & IZA)

  • Impacts of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund on College Continuity and Economic Well-Being in New York City

    Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (CUNY Queens College and the Graduate Center & IZA)

  • The impact of the UK lockdown on time-use and productivity

    Eileen Liong Tipoe (University of Oxford)

  • What are the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on labor demand?
    An analysis using job board data from Austria

    Lennart Ziegler (University of Vienna & IZA)