Welcome to IWER

How can work be improved—for both workers and organizations? That's a question central to the work of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER).

IWER is a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative hub for the study of work and employment, housed at MIT Sloan but including researchers from other departments across MIT.  IWER-affiliated scholars conduct and disseminate cutting-edge research that improves the lives of workers and their loved ones and that guides managers and policy makers in crafting a successful and inclusive future of work.  On these webpages, you can find out more about IWER—our mission, activities, PhD program, weekly seminar series, courses, storied history, and more. 

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Paul Osterman | Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources at MIT Sloan
Effective job training programs can teach skills and, as an example, move someone from a low wage services-sector job into a well-paying health care job (Osterman 2020; Roder and Elliott 2021). There is no reason, other than a lack of political will and resources, that anyone should be limited to a lifetime of 'low skill' work."
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IWER Activities

  • Research Projects

    IWER scholars are researching timely work-related topics-- ranging from reducing bias in organizational processes to amplifying employee voice in the workplace.

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  • PhD Program

    IWER offers a world-renowned multidisciplinary PhD program in conjunction with the Behavioral and Policy Sciences faculty at MIT Sloan. We admit a small number of students and work closely with them.

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  • Seminar Series

    IWER’s weekly seminar series, held on Tuesdays throughout the academic year, is one of the longest-running seminar series at MIT and features researchers from universities across the US and internationally.

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  • Publications

    IWER faculty disseminate their research findings and ideas through a wide variety of media – from scholarly journal articles to op-ed columns and interviews. 

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  • Resources for MBA Students

    Interested in learning more about the human side of management while studying at MIT Sloan? Explore IWER's course guide for master's students.

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  • Resources for Managers

    Decades of research at MIT and elsewhere have shown that some companies achieve good returns while paying workers more than their competitors do.

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What's New at IWER

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IWER History

The late Phyllis A. Wallace, a professor in MIT IWER, was a pioneer in researching the economics of discrimination in the labor market.

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