“The political problem of mankind is to combine three things: economic efficiency, social justice and individual liberty.”

- John Maynard Keynes





The Jobs & Skills Unit performs research on labour markets, education and social policy. The Unit’s researchers have diverse cultural and academic backgrounds combining knowledge in economics, law and political science. The Jobs & Skills Unit has been particularly active in merging consultancy work for EU institutions with forward-looking research on labour and education-related issues. The Unit has coordinated and participated in several European research projects and networks on topics as diverse as societal transition, inclusive growth, unemployment, digitalisation and migration.

One of the Unit’s cornerstones was the coordination of the NEUJOBS project, a major FP7 research project that aimed to examine the impact of the main societal transitions – social, ecological, technological, demographic, skills-related and geographical – in the EU labour market. Since then, the Unit grew to develop a strong interest in the topics of digitalisation and the platform economy, addressing the challenges arising from new forms of employment. As of 2015 there has been an effort to link this research with other relevant topics such as industrial relations or vulnerability and working conditions. Concerning the latter, the Jobs & Skills Unit studied and tested different methodologies involving big data and web data to study and analyse working conditions, job vacancies and hiring processes. The Unit has also been conducting research on the integration of migrants and refugees in the labour market, analysing not only the processes of integration but also the longer run impacts of integration. Lastly, the Unit has been active on social policy topics such as unemployment, social exclusion and integration, and aims at pursuing dedicated research in these areas. Through the Jobs & Skills Unit, as of 2017, CEPS became a co-coordinator of the EENEE network, a network of economic experts in economics of education that provides support to the European Commission DG EAC. This opened the Unit to a new field of research and interest.

The Jobs & Skills Unit team members are Miroslav Beblavý, Mehtap Akgüç, Karolien Lenaerts, Ana Silva, and Zachary Kilhoffer.



If you wish to know more about our work, below you can find a list of all major projects conducted by the Jobs & Skills unit with a link to their detailed descriptions:


(2014) STYLE – Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe

(2016) MEDAM – Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration

(2017) EENEE – European Experts Network on Economics of Education

(2017) IRSDACE – Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy

(2017) Review of collaborative economy labour platforms in the EU

(2017) – Extensive overview of a cost-benefit analyses of Early School Leaving measures

(2017) Labour Market Intermediaries, online talent platforms and the changing world of work

(2017) InGRID 2 – Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion

(2017) Exploring the employment and working conditions related to specific types of crowd employment



(2011) NEUJOBS – Employment policy – How will multiple transitions affect the labour market

(2013) InGRID – Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion

(2013) MOPACT – Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe

(2014) SIMPACT – Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings

(2015) Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme

(2015) Analysis of the outcome of the negotiations concerning the Partnership Agreements and ESF Operational Programmes for the programming period 2014-2020

(2015) Analysis of a 'Sharing Economy' platform active in the field of personal Services

(2016) Impact of the collaborative economy on the labour market

(2016Impact of Digitalisation and on-demand economy on labour markets and consequences for employment and industrial relations