Projects for Economy and Finance

  • May 2017 - April 2021


    The InGRID-2 project is the follow up of the FP7 infrastructure project Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion (InGRID). With largely the same consortium, the project aims at continuing the work developed in InGRID keeping the focus on methodologies and the sharing of research infrastructures with open calls to researchers being frequently launched throughout the project together with Summer schools and workshops. Thematically, the InGRID-2 project is divided in two research pillars: i) poverty and living conditions; and ii) working conditions and vulnerability. CEPS will have a large contribution to the dissemination activities and also to the research under the working conditions and vulnerability pillar. CEPS will tackle three different issues: employers hiring practices; occupations and new skills; and the sharing economy. The goal is to provide sound methodologies to analyse these topics and test them with specific case studies. In particular the use of web data and big data in labour economics research will be exploited by the CEPS team, and vulnerability questions concerning the four research topics will be investigated. 

  • March 2017 - February 2018

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

    The World Employment Confederation-Europe and UNI Europa are conducting a joint project funded by DG EMPL that aims to carry out a mapping of existing online talent platforms and crowd-working intermediaries in order to assess their impact in the labour market and compare them with the characteristics and regulation of the temporary work agencies. The research will look into several dimensions of these online talent platforms and their contribution to the labour market and compare these with temporary agency work (TAW). CEPS and IZA have been subcontracted to perform the research. CEPS is the leader of the consortium. 

  • March 2017 - December 2017

    Extensive overview of a cost-benefit analyses of Early School Leaving measures

    The University of Antwerp, as the project coordinator of the Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe ( project, subcontracted CEPS to conduct an extensive overview of a cost-benefit analyses (CBA) of the early school leaving (ESL) measures analysed by the project partners in the countries covered by the project. The project focuses on two types of ESL measures: those promoted and applied by the schools and in the schools, and those that are prepared and applied by third entities (from municipalities to concerned individuals). CEPS' task consists of providing a general approach to a CBA of early school leaving measures (should the exercise be performed) and then already draw some conclusions from the information available on the measures studied in the project.

  • January 2017 - December 2020

    European Experts Network on Economics of Education (EENEE)

    EENEE, the European Experts Network on Economics of Education, is a knowledge provider network to the DG EAC at the European Commission. The network prepares two to four analytical reports per year providing broad literature reviews on relevant economics of education topics; answers ad-hoc questions; organises an annual conference in partnership with the NESET II network and maintains a database of experts and topics as well as the website updated. As of 2017 the network is coordicated by CEPS and ifo Institute. 

  • January 2017 - December 2018

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

    The IRSDACE (Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy) project, funded by DG EMPL of the European Commission, aims to identify how traditional players in the labour market, e.g. trade unions, employers' associations, member states and the EU, experience and respond to the platform economy. The project has five main tasks: i) conceptualisation of collaborative work, its place in the labour market, employment policy and industrial relations; ii) analysis of discourse on collaborative economy among established industrial relations actors; iii) assessment of the implications of workers’ experience with the collaborative economy for industrial relations and social dialogue; iv) comparative analysis of national experiences; and v) analysis of how EU-level employment policy and the industrial relations agenda should respond to the emergence of work in the collaborative economy. The project started in January 2017 and will run until December 2018. CEPS is the project coordinator in a partnership with IZA (DE), FAOS (DK), Fundación Alternativas (ES) and CELSI (SK).

  • December 2016 - August 2017

    Review of collaborative economy labour platforms in the EU

    The Joint Research Centre and the European Commission have requested CEPS to conduct a large scale analysis of the collaborative economy in the EU, namely to map platforms active in the 28 Member States and identify their size and market share based on the number of users and known profits. The goal of the contract was also to obtain new information on the collaborative economy,  in particular concerning working conditions and business models. The outputs of the project consist of a report and an extensive database.

  • July 2016 - May 2017

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

    The Employers Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) requested a study on the impact of digitalisation and the on-demand economy on labour markets and the consequences for employment and industrial relations. It discusses job creation and destruction, governments’ responses as well as the impact on employment, working conditions, the organisation of work, customer relations, industrial relations and collective bargaining. While the study focuses on how employers experience and respond to these new challenges, it is evidence-based and strives to maintain a balanced perspective. The study is dedicated to the EU, but particular attention was paid to the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Estonia and Finland. The study combines a literature review with interviews. It resulted in a report that was presented to the Employers Group in May 2017 and is now available online.


  • May 2016 - April 2019

    Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)

    The MEDAM project aims at develop solutions for asylum and immigration policies in the EU and its member states that:

  • February 2016 - March 2016

    Impact of the collaborative economy on the labour market

    On the request of DG Grow of the European Commission, CEPS carried out an analysis on the impact of the collaborative economy on Europe’s labour markets. The study analyses the direct and indirect impact of the collaborative economy on labour, focusing on income earned through local (physical) and virtual services on an online platform, hours worked and employment status. It also presents a comparison of platform work with other types of work in these domains. In another segment of the paper, the challenges and opportunities that the emergence of online platforms pose to policy-makers. The final report of the study is available as De Groen and Maselli (2016). It served as an input into the European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy.

  • December 2015 - March 2016

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

    The JRC at the European Commission requested an analysis of an online labour platform in the field of personal services (i.e. a case study). CEPS analysed the ListMinut platform obtaining data on the demand and supply of labour on the platform, presenting further details on the demographics of workers active on the platform and on the average income that workers earn (which is then compared with ‘offline’ earnings in similar professions and sectors). The study on purpose focussed on the Belgian case, even if the platform also operates in other countries in- and outside of the EU. The report is available as De Groen et al. (2016) and it serves as a foresight report “A vision for the EU ‘sharing economy’ – Exploring future economic transformations”.