Fourth International BIBB/IAB/ZEW Conference TASKS IV

The German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) are pleased to invite you to attend the jointly organized fourth international TASKS conference. Automation and digitization technologies increasingly allow to perform job tasks that could previously only be done by humans. This development has triggered scientific and public debates on the future of work. The aim of this conference is to bring together economists and sociologists to discuss frontier research on labor market effects of automation and digitization.

Special focus lies on the following questions:

  • How does the division of tasks between workers and machines develop?
  • Which employment opportunities arise from new products and services?
  • How do workplace environments change?
  • How do workers adapt to changing skill demands?
  • How can policy help to support workers that face difficulties in adjusting?

The scientific committee encourages theoretical, empirical, and policy oriented contributions from all areas of labor economics, labor sociology and related fields. Submissions may focus e.g. on:

  • changing work environments
  • changing skill demands
  • occupational mobility
  • trade and offshoring
  • the role of institutions
  • job polarization
  • wage inequality
  • education and training
  • human-machine interaction
  • unequal opportunities and chances
  • measuring tasks

On Friday September 9, 2016, there will be a factory visit at Pepperl+Fuchs, a pioneer and innovator of industrial sensors for factory automation and an expert for explosion protection in process automation. There will be a bus service to the location. Meeting point is 1:30 pm in ZEW’s lobby. The factory visit ends at 5 pm at ZEW. The offer applies only to registered conference participants (see section “Registration”).

photo of the factory visit

  • Melanie Arntz (ZEW, Mannheim)
  • Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt University, Berlin)
  • Christina Gathmann(University of Heidelberg)
  • Maarten Goos (Utrecht University, NL)
  • Joachim Möller (IAB, Nuremberg)
  • Sabine Pfeiffer (University of Hohenheim)
  • Anna Salomons (Utrecht University, NL)
  • Uta Schönberg (University College London)
  • Olaf Struck (University of Bamberg)
  • Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt University, Berlin)
  • Reinhold Weiß (BIBB, Bonn)

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2016. Please submit electronic versions of extended abstracts (3 pages) or full papers in PDF to You will be notified on acceptance of your paper by April 30, 2016. All presenters will be asked to submit a full paper version until August 1, 2016. Please register no later than August 15, 2016.

Registration deadline for non-presenters was August 15, 2016.


07.09.2016 - 09.09.2016

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim


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