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Information for Researchers No. 61 | 30 September 2016
Priority Programme “The German Labor Market in a Globalized World: Challenges through Trade, Technology, and Demographics” (SPP 1764)

The Priority Programme “The German Labor Market in a Globalized World: Challenges through Trade, Technology, and Demographics” (SPP 1764) was established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The present call invites proposals for the second three-year funding period starting in October 2017.

The central purpose of the Priority Programme is to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges facing labor markets in Germany in particular and throughout Europe in a global context. The programme addresses pertinent research issues on the link between trade, technology, and demographic changes as they affect wages and employment. In an international perspective, the programme will analyze empirically the way the German labor market works with particular emphasis on the role of institutions and policies, on the explanation for the increase in inequality, on demographic changes, and on the links to education and important non-economic motives and outcomes. An understanding of these issues based on microeconomic, microeconometric, and sociological analysis is key for policies relating to skills development of the population at all ages, family issues and gender in the labor market, demography, child development, health, social policies, crime, immigration, as well as the macroeconomic performance of the labor market and the reduction of unemployment. The challenges posed by competition and immigration (including refugee migration) combined with demographic developments do not only affect various labor market groups in different ways (with important consequences for inequality), but also force human resource management practices to adapt.

While being based in the field of labor economics, the Priority Programme takes an interdisciplinary approach linking economic research with labor market research in sociology and research in human resource management as part of business administration. Through its interdisciplinary approach, the programme broadens the scope of traditional labor economics by analyzing the labor market effects of pre-labor market skill development and a broad set of motives driving individual decision-making, by investigating hypotheses from different disciplines, by analyzing the link between labor market and non-labor market outcomes, and by integrating the firm’s management perspective. Building on theoretical contributions, the programme mainly involves empirical research making use of large micro data sets with an emphasis on a comprehensive descriptive analysis or on estimating causal effects in the treatment-control group paradigm. The research may also involve lab or field experiments. The access to individual-level and firm-level labor market data of exceptional quality, the infrastructure to run state-of-the-art experiments, and the close link to the policy debate provide a fertile ground for this Priority Programme.

  • The programme aims to make progress in areas of labor market research. The research areas where the programme invites proposals are:
  • technology, globalization, tasks, wages
  • education, vocational training, demographic changes, cognitive and non-cognitive skills, early childhood development
  • group differences in labor market outcomes
  • imperfect competition, institutions, government policy, unemployment
  • human resource management and organizational change
  • interaction between the labor market and non-labor market outcomes

While the programme has its focus in labor economics, its goals are best met by a broad collaboration involving researchers from different disciplines. The programme invites researchers in the fields of labor economics, sociology, and human resource management as well as related areas to submit proposals.

Proposals for the second three-year funding period, written in English, have to be submitted no later than 31 January 2017 via the DFG’s electronic elan system, selecting “SPP 1764”. General information on proposals in the framework of a Priority Programme (in particular concerning eligibility and admissible funding requests) can be found in guideline 50.05en (part B). See also guideline 54.01en for instructions how to prepare a proposal.

If you are using the elan system for the first time, please note that you need to register yourself and your institutional addresses before being able to submit a proposal. If you are planning to move to a different institution (e.g. with a temporary position for principal investigators) you need to register with the address of the new institution. Please make sure that all (co-)applicants are registered two weeks before the submission deadline, as registration requests must be handled manually by DFG staff.

If you intend to submit a proposal within the Priority Programme, please send a short message to the programme’s coordinator soon. Later on, in addition to the DFG submission via the elan portal, please send a copy of the full project proposal to the programme’s coordinator.

Further Information

Detailed information on the work during the first funding period can be found at:

Please submit proposals electronically through the DFG’s elan portal:

The DFG forms 50.05en and 54.01en can be found at:

For further scientific information, please contact the Priority Programme’s coordinator:

For administrative enquiries please contact at the DFG: