Eric Thode

Director, Sustainable Social Market Economies Program, Bertelsmann Stiftung

About Eric Thode

Eric Thode is the Director of the Rethinking Work Program at Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh, Germany. Eric’s programme aims to provide a better understanding of current and future developments in the world of work, to identify existing and upcoming challenges and to develop policy approaches based on sound empirical analysis. Eric joined Bertelsmann Stiftung in 2001, having worked in various positions, such as the Director of the Center for International Forums and Trends. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Max-Planck-institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and worked as research assistant at the Chair for Economics and Social Policy at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Eric has been working as a lecturer at the University of Würzburg since 2001 and has been teaching International Economics and Economic Policy at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany, from 2005-2008. Since 2009, Eric is a policy fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour in Bonn, Germany. Eric has published widely on labor market issues, pension policies and international socio-economic comparisons both in academic journals and edited books. Eric holds an advanced degree in Economics, Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Kiel, Germany. His main areas of interest include employment and social policies, political economy and comparative policy analysis.

Stakeholder Group

NGO/Civil Society

Intro Content

Education & Skills Innovation New World of Work

The Need for Future Competencies: What can the analysis of online job ads tell us?

The demand side of the labour market has always been difficult to analyse—online job advertisements represent an interesting alternative. Structural change tends to take place continuously over time, so information from them can provide indications of future skills and help identify unforeseen emerging needs. Banner: Shutterstock/Shameer kadakkal

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Channels contributed to:

Digitalisation Work & Skills Partners' Thought Leadership

Rooms participated in:

The School-to-Work Transition