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.

Fact of the day
Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity
Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity
Migration & Global Collaboration
Migration & Global Collaboration
Technology, Trade & Human Capital
Technology, Trade & Human Capital

Discussion papers

No. 09/24 - April 2024

Wind of Change? Cultural Determinants of Maternal Labor Supply

Barbara Boelmann, Anna Raute, Uta Schönberg

No. 08/24 - February 2024

Immigrant Diversity and Long-Run Development

Luigi Minale, Rudi Rocha, Bruno Vigna

No. 07/24 - February 2024

External Pay Transparency and the Gender Wage Gap

Wolfgang Frimmel, Bernhard Schmidpeter, Rene Wiesinger, Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

No. 06/24 - February 2024

Persistent Effects of Social Program Participation on the Third Generation

Gordon B. Dahl, Anne C. Gielen


No. 09/24 - March 2024

[Sample publication] Immigrant Diversity and Long-Run Development

Luigi Minale, Rudi Rocha, Bruno Vigna

No. 08/24 - February 2024

[Sample publication] Global Labor Market Power

Luigi Minale, Rudi Rocha, Bruno Vigna

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 and 6

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.

Articles Global Migration Information Hub

19 Jan 2024 • VoxEU

From Refugees to Citizens: Understanding Labor Market Returns to Naturalization | By research associate Francesco Fasani, deputy director GMIH Tommaso Frattini and Maxime Pirot on VoxEU
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Articles Global Migration Information Hub

15 Jan 2024 • LISER

Refugees are not just another group of immigrants | Policy brief by project leader Sascha Becker
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14 Jan 2024

Introduction of the RFBerlin – CReAM Discussion Paper series
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