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

Discussion papers

No. 13/24 - June 2024

What Matters for the Decision to Study Abroad? A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Cape Verde

Catia Batista, David M Costa, Pedro Freitas, Gonçalo Lima, Ana B Reis

No. 12/24 - May 2024

The Relationship between Social Capital and Migrant Integration, Ethnic Diversity, and Spatial Sorting

Matthew Roskruge, Jacques Poot

No. 11/24 - April 2024

Public and Parental Investments, and Children’s Skill Formation

Miriam Gensowski, Rasmus Landersø, Philip Dale, Anders Højen, Laura Justice, Dorthe Bleses

No. 10/24 - April 2024

Partial Legalization and Parallel Markets: The Effect of Lawful Crossing on Unlawful Crossing at the US Southwest Border

Michael A. Clemens

Upcoming events

RFBerlin regularly hosts events to promote scientific research and collaboration.

RFBerlin event

29 Aug – 1 Sep 2024

RFBerlin-CReAM Workshop 2024

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 research and researchers are regularly featured in the press.


18 Jul 2024

Handbook Talk with Patrick Kline: What are the consequences of monopsony for the labour market?
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12 Jul 2024

Handbook Talk with Gordon Hanson and David Dorn: What is the future of globalization and trade?
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4 Jul 2024

Handbook Talk with Arindrajit Dube: What are the effects of raising minimum wages?
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