Interdisciplinary Lunch Time Seminar Series on “Corona – Leveller or Amplifier of Social and Economic Inequality?”

hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Start: 10 May 2021

End: 31 Dec 2021

  • Overview

    Seminars will be organized virtually via Zoom and will take place
    weekly during May and December 2021 on Monday or Wednesday
    (12 - 1 pm CET).

    To participate in the online seminar, please register on this website.
    You will receive the Zoom link directly in your registration confirmation by mail.


    Interdisciplinary Lunch Time Seminar Series on
    “Corona – Leveller or Amplifier of Social and Economic Inequality?”


    hosted by
    Institute for Employment Research (IAB)




    Is corona the great leveller? Rich or poor, everyone can get sick from the virus and the measures to deal with the pandemic affect everyone equally.  At the same time, new and old social divides are breaking open in the labour market and societies. After a year of research, however, it is also clear that the observed effects of the crisis are not always uniform, but can differ significantly by the dimensions of inequality under study, by country, and also among different groups of people. In addition, aspects of data collection or measurement and the resulting possibilities for analysis are also likely to play a role. This seminar series aims to bring together empirically rigorous contributions from the fields of sociology, economics and related fields on issues of social policy, social and economic inequality following the Corona crisis.

    For further information, please visit the IAB event homepage.

    For infomation on abstracts of individual sessions, please see tab "Abstracts | Presentations".



    Cooperation IAB - OECD:

    For participation please register here.

    Selected presentations of the IAB Seminar “Corona – leveler or amplifier of social and economic inequality?” will be organized as joint sessions between the OECD Webinar Series and the IAB:

    Recommendation: OECD Webinar Series on COVID-19 & Inequality

    The OECD also host a highly interesting seminar series on similar topics which is organised by the OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE), in collaboration with the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS).

    Don’t miss their program!



    Call for papers:

    We welcome empirical and theoretical submissions on:

    • Socio-economic impact of the corona crisis in general
    • Old and new inequalities in the wake of the crisis
    • Short vs. long run effects of the crisis
    • Crisis-related gender inequalities and its intersections with household composition, socio-economic status and migration background
    • Particularly affected groups with regard to non-standard work, unemployment, health or socio-demographic characteristics
    • Different social and economic domains (e.g. labour market, education, benefit receipt, family)
    • Evaluations of policies which aim at crisis-related inequalities
    • Role of the welfare system
    • Country studies and international comparisons




    • We invite researchers to submit extended abstracts or full papers by 31 March 2021 at
      Please make sure the extended abstract provides information on the background/motivation, the research question(s), the theoretical and methodological approach, data and policy conclusions.

    • Registration for each session starts in April 2021



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