Roundtable – Bridging science and politics: How to transfer research evidence into labour market policy making

About this Session


Thu. 11.04. 10:00



Experts – Simon Jäger, Susanne Blancke, Eric Thode, Melanie Arntz.
Moderated by – Luisa Kunze, Bertelsmann Foundation

In an era of rapid change and increasing complexity, tackling long-term challenges requires strategic and innovative responses. The panel discussion “Bridging science and politics” will explore the transmission between science and policy making. It will highlight the importance of well-founded, evidence-based decisions in addressing current challenges. One example is the impact of structural change on the labour market: How can policy makers and society respond effectively to the profound changes in the labour market due to digitalisation, decarbonation and demographic change? What is needed to address skills shortages in order to safeguard productivity and prosperity, while avoiding increasing polarisation and inequality? How can we use the (untapped) potential of research data to find answers for a future-proof labour market? Are there viable ways for researchers and academic institutions to reconcile the need for A-journal publications with policy impact? The panel will not focus on one specific research outcome, but on the transfer of valuable empirical knowledge to policy and society at large. It emphasizes the role of scientific work such as simulations and forecasts in the agenda-setting process, as well as evaluations of the impact of reforms, in enriching the discourse and providing policy-makers with sound advice on courses of action. As German policy advice is embedded in various institutional settings, the panel highlights four different perspectives of evidence-based labour market policy making: (1) scientific research (academics), (2) transfer (foundations), (3) institutionalized advice (committees and advisory boards) and (4) political administration (ministries).