Normal work will not decrease, but inactivity

The future of work – in the dialogue process Work 4.0, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) is on the trail of this topic.

DIW Econ, together with Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), DIW Econ has written an article for the current BMAS workbook.

Normal working conditions are still the norm

DIW Weekly Report 19 / 2016, S. 419-427

Since the 1980s, the number of people of working age who are not in paid employment has fallen significantly in (West) Germany. Correspondingly, the proportion of those without a job has fallen among 18 to 67 year-olds. This increase in employment was mainly in favour of marginal employment or working as a solo self-employed person rather than in normal employment.

The employment effects of the energy transition

Within the framework of the present expertise for the German Wind Energy Association and Deutsche Messe AG, DIW Econ prepared an assessment of the macroeconomic employment effects of the energy transition. For this purpose, on the one hand the positive economic employment impulses of the energy transition through the expansion of renewable energies and through energy efficiency measures were worked out, and on the other hand, adverse effects in the area of the conventional energy industry and in other economic sectors were contrasted with the positive effects.