We conduct independent research into significant challenges to the economy, society and the welfare state in a global world.


The ROCKWOOL Foundation Berlin Institute for the Economy and the Future of Work (RFBerlin) provides new knowledge to inform and raise the standard of public debate, and to create the best possible basis for policy making.

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Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity
Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity
Migration & Global Collaboration
Migration & Global Collaboration
Technology, Trade & Human Capital
Technology, Trade & Human Capital

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Upcoming events

RFBerlin regularly hosts events to promote scientific research and collaboration.

RFBerlin event

19 October 2023

Panel Discussion on “The Future of Work”

Panelists: David Autor (MIT), Kerwin K. Charles (Yale), David Deming (Harvard), and Ioana Marinescu (University of Pennsylvania).

Chair: Chris Giles, Economics Editor, The Financial Times.

19 Oct – 21 Oct 2023

Conference for the Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 5

Handbook Editors: Christian Dustmann and Thomas Lemieux

RFBerlin event

27 Sep – 1 Nov 2023

Joint Course “Effective Programming Practices for Economists” by RFBerlin and the Berlin School of Economics (BSE)


RFBerlin research and researchers are regularly featured in the press.


17 Sep 2023

Project Leader Thomas Cornelissen on Knowledge Spillover and Individual Careers
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6 Sep 2023 • RFBerlin Talks

Project Leader Jérôme Adda on Globalisation and the Spread of Diseases
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27 Aug 2023 • VoxEU

Refugee integration policies can lead to poorer integration outcomes | VoxEU Column summary of work by Jacob Arendt, Director Christian Dustmann, Research Associate Hyejin Ku
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