Founded in 2001, the Institute Labour and Economy (Institut Arbeit und Wirtschaft, or iaw) is a joint endeavor of the University of Bremen and the Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen, a non-profit legal organization that represents the interests of employees in all sectors in the state of Bremen. The IAW researches, develops, and lobbies for political and economic measures that function in our increasingly complex society to benefit workers. With interdisciplinary research, academic consulting, public forums, and political engagement, it contributes to the ongoing public discourse about reshaping the economy and society.

The content-related work of the iaw is carried out in the three research departments:  

I: Institutional Change in Work, Employment and Society

II: Perspectives for Sustainable Employability

III: Regional Development and Fiscal Policy