Digitalisation and the Labour Market: Policymaking in an Age of Disruption

This project course is organised in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The objective of the project course is to develop advice for the new political leadership of the Ministry on which reforms to prioritise in order to cope with the challenges related to digitalisation, globalisation, demographic change and evolving value systems in the German labour market, based on an internationally comparative approach.

We will ask participants to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the German labour market situation compared to other OECD countries such as the USA, Japan, France and the United Kingdom in order to identify opportunities and risks for policymaking over the next four years, given the new political landscape in Germany.

The course will expose students to current challenges in labour market and social policymaking. This will be a real-time project; students will have to deal with new ways of policymaking in times of uncertainty due to highly dynamic political and societal contexts.