In October, the number of people unemployed in Germany dipped below the 3-million mark for the first time in a long while. In the face of a healthy labour market, firms are increasingly calling for more skilled immigrants because they are not enough domestic applicants with sufficient qualifications. Dr. Holger Bonin, head of the Research Department “Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy” at ZEW explains what steps need to be taken to tackle this skills shortage.
Dr. Holger Bonin completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Freiburg in 2000. Following research positions at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research), Bonin joined ZEW as head of the Research Department “Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy” in 2007. Bonin’s research interests include issues relating to employment and low-skilled workers, wage flexibility, the economic effects of an ageing population and migration as well as risk tolerance among employees.