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Precarious Employment and Regional Mobility

Precarious Employment and Regional Mobility

Project Management

  • Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg, LMU Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hinz, University of Constance
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Abraham, University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Project Staff

  • Konstantin Mozer (M.A.), Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Sebastian Bähr, University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • (Former staff: Corinna Frodermann, University Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Project Cooperation

  • Prof. Dr. Mark Trappmann, Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg


German Research Foundation (DFG)

Research Question and Target

The project “Precarious employment and regional mobility” by Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg (LMU Munich), Prof. Dr. Thomas Hinz (University of Constance, Department of History and Sociology) and Prof. Dr. Martin Abraham (University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Sociology and Empirical Social Research) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and analyzes impact factors on regional mobility decisions. In this context, individuals and households in precarious employment conditions are reviewed in particular. Previous studies have almost exclusively examined relocations that actually took place, but not any alternatives that have not been implemented. This fact brought about distorted assessments of the readiness for mobility and its causes, since it is, for instance, hard to establish in how far different levels of regional mobility as an example of investment in the job market must be ascribed to different access to job offers or rather different readiness for mobility.

Hence, the project employs an experimental design (factorial survey), which has been implemented in cooperation with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in the “Panel Job Market and Social Security (PASS)”.

The interviewees are presented with hypothetical, transregional job offers to assess the attractiveness of the job and their own readiness to accept the job and to move. This method allows for detailed analyses of the decision-making process irrespective of the access to more or less attractive job offers.