Third-party funded project
Mr. Skupnik supervises the project „Effects of the EU Eastern Enlargement on the German basic income support system and the low wage sector“, which is financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The focal point of the project lies on the empirical analysis of wage and employment effects of free labor mobility within the EU-27. According to the European treaties, unrestricted EU-wide labor mobility is to be established by all member states in May 2011 (EU-10) respectively January 2014 (EU-2) the latest. Accounting for varying institutional frameworks in the member states, Mr. Skupnik specially concentrates on the impact of the common European labor market on country-specific basic income support institutions (in Germany: “Hartz-4” legislations, “Entsendegesetz”, federal and sectoral minimum wages). Purpose of the project is to provide an early empirical sketch of the EU enlargement effects on Germany and other member states and, in addition, to make a contribution to the ongoing discussion about federal minimum wages and public wage subsidisation in open economies.