Welcome to the Institute

for Labour Law and Industrial Relations

in the European Union

THE INSTITUTE

The employees of the IAAEU research the underlying economic and legal conditions for labour in a constantly changing European society. Our task is project-related research, which is interdisciplinary, socially relevant and receives international attention. The goal is to influence the public discourse with scientific findings and thereby improve the conditions for labour and industrial relations. In that light, the institute understands itself as an initiating force for other researchers and for the region. The IAAEU was founded as a public law foundation in 1983. The institute is financed by the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate and is also a scientific institution attached to Trier University. It is located on Campus II of the University.

Research at the IAAEU takes place under a tight cooperation between the two chairs of the co-directors Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Monika Schlachter (International and European Labour Law and Civil Law) and Prof. Dr. Laszlo Goerke (Business Administration – Personnel Economics). Furthermore, the institute maintains an extensive library with a unique collection of works pertinent to labour law, industrials relations, particularly industrial relations between member states of the EU, and personnel economics.

News
New publication by staff of IAAEU on the determinants of job satisfaction

Suppose, you join a club or become a member of an organisation which represents your interests. Then one can expect that you are more satisfied than before joining. This basic idea has led to the hypothesis that individuals who are members of a trade union can be expected to exhibit a higher level of job satisfaction than comparable non-members. Strikingly, early empirical analyses of the relationship between trade union membership and job satisfaction for Anglo-Saxon countries have shown the opposite, namely that union members are less satisfied. This apparent puzzle has sparked a debate, which has continued for almost half a century and become livelier again in recent years.

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Eva Markowsky as a guest at the IAAEU

The IAAEU is pleased to welcome Eva Markowsky as a guest researcher from June 20th to July 1st 2022. Eva Markowsky is a doctoral student in the final phase of her dissertation at the Department of Social Economics at the University of Hamburg. She is teaching and conducting research on topics related to labour, migration and gender economics under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Miriam Beblo. During her stay at the IAAEU, she is going to present a meta-analysis on the influence of cultural norms and values on women's labour market participation in the economic's colloquium. This is also her topic of research during her stay in Trier. She is also currently working on the influence of language skills on the labour market success of migrants in Germany, as well as on the global connection between gender quotas in parliament and individual attitudes towards gender justice.

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TriECON workshop series leaves the virtual world

For many years, the IAAEU has organised workshops on staff members' current research, and has invited researchers from all over Europe to present analyses related to these topic. The workshops provided a forum for intense discussions and the exchange of ideas. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the IAAEU established the TriECON workshop series to facilitate discussions in a virtual world. Each workshop consisted of 6 to 8 online presentations on a particular issue.

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New DFG Research Project on the Topic: "The right to adequate remuneration for solo-entrepreneurs”

In April, the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG” (German Research Foundation) approved funding for a German-Austrian research project in the D-A-CH Lead Agency Process on the topic "The right to adequate remuneration for solo-entrepreneurs”. The project leaders are Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Monika Schlachter and Dr. Thomas Klein (both working at the IAAEU), in cooperation with Dr. Karin Lukas from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights in Vienna.

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14th Workshop on Labour Economics (WLE) at the IAAEU – Successfully completed!

Like last year, the Workshop on Labour Economics 2022 took place online. The annual workshop organised by the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU), in cooperation with the Chair of Personnel Economics at the University of Trier, took place on April 7th and 8th, 2022, for the 14th time. Excellent presentations by the many participants, combined with lively discussions and intense scientific exchange, made the workshop a successful and well-regarded scientific event in the field of labour economics again this year.

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News
New publication by staff of IAAEU on the determinants of job satisfaction

Suppose, you join a club or become a member of an organisation which represents your interests. Then one can expect that you are more satisfied than before joining. This basic idea has led to the hypothesis that individuals who are members of a trade union can be expected to exhibit a higher level of job satisfaction than comparable non-members. Strikingly, early empirical analyses of the relationship between trade union membership and job satisfaction for Anglo-Saxon countries have shown the opposite, namely that union members are less satisfied. This apparent puzzle has sparked a debate, which has continued for almost half a century and become livelier again in recent years.

Read more
Eva Markowsky as a guest at the IAAEU

The IAAEU is pleased to welcome Eva Markowsky as a guest researcher from June 20th to July 1st 2022. Eva Markowsky is a doctoral student in the final phase of her dissertation at the Department of Social Economics at the University of Hamburg. She is teaching and conducting research on topics related to labour, migration and gender economics under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Miriam Beblo. During her stay at the IAAEU, she is going to present a meta-analysis on the influence of cultural norms and values on women's labour market participation in the economic's colloquium. This is also her topic of research during her stay in Trier. She is also currently working on the influence of language skills on the labour market success of migrants in Germany, as well as on the global connection between gender quotas in parliament and individual attitudes towards gender justice.

Read More
TriECON workshop series leaves the virtual world

For many years, the IAAEU has organised workshops on staff members' current research, and has invited researchers from all over Europe to present analyses related to these topic. The workshops provided a forum for intense discussions and the exchange of ideas. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the IAAEU established the TriECON workshop series to facilitate discussions in a virtual world. Each workshop consisted of 6 to 8 online presentations on a particular issue.

Read More
New DFG Research Project on the Topic: "The right to adequate remuneration for solo-entrepreneurs”

In April, the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG” (German Research Foundation) approved funding for a German-Austrian research project in the D-A-CH Lead Agency Process on the topic "The right to adequate remuneration for solo-entrepreneurs”. The project leaders are Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Monika Schlachter and Dr. Thomas Klein (both working at the IAAEU), in cooperation with Dr. Karin Lukas from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights in Vienna.

Read More
14th Workshop on Labour Economics (WLE) at the IAAEU – Successfully completed!

Like last year, the Workshop on Labour Economics 2022 took place online. The annual workshop organised by the Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU), in cooperation with the Chair of Personnel Economics at the University of Trier, took place on April 7th and 8th, 2022, for the 14th time. Excellent presentations by the many participants, combined with lively discussions and intense scientific exchange, made the workshop a successful and well-regarded scientific event in the field of labour economics again this year.

Read More
Events
Colloquium on Economics

In April, the summer semester colloquium season at the IAAEU will be beginning. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in the Max-Weber room (H714) at Campus II . All lectures are open to the public. To participate in the lectures, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brownbag Seminar

Brwonbag seminars will again be held at the IAAEU in the summer semester of 2022. More information about the lectures, as well as contact persons can be found on our page.

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Events
Colloquium on Economics

In April, the summer semester colloquium season at the IAAEU will be beginning. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in the Max-Weber room (H714) at Campus II . All lectures are open to the public. To participate in the lectures, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Brownbag Seminar

Brwonbag seminars will again be held at the IAAEU in the summer semester of 2022. More information about the lectures, as well as contact persons can be found on our page.

Weiterlesen

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