The impact of working conditions on the development of incapacity for work

The number of permanently incapacitated people in Estonia has increased significantly and has reached 10 per cent of the working-age population. Permanent loss of ability to work will result in a limited participation in work life, lower-paid jobs or a total exclusion from the job market. This will mean a lower income in addition to damaged health. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the links between temporary and permanent loss of ability to work, between the job environment and working conditions and the development of incapacity, and the risks involved in employing incapacitated people.

Client:

Ministry of Social Affairs

Implementation period:

2015

The impact of structural funds of 2007-2013 on the regional development of Estonia

During the last EU budgetary period, Estonia used three billion euros worth of structural funds, i.e. aid from the European Regional Development Fund, Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund. PRIA, the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board, received just over one billion euros of EU assistance funds for agricultural and rural development. This means approx 2300 euros worth of aid per person over a seven-year period. The biggest amount of structural aid per inhabitant went to Järva and Tartu counties, smallest amounts to Põlva and Jõgeva counties.

Client:

Ministry of Finance

Implementation period:

2015

ICT students’ employment during studies

The study focused on ICT students’ working during studies, using the secure multiparty computation software Sharemind on registry data.

Client:

Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Implementation period:

2013-2015

Drop-out reasons for ICT students in higher education

Drop-out rates is a topical subject in Estonia and the rest of the world – failing to finish a course makes a drop-out less competitive in the labour market and is costly to the country as a whole. The courses in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are no exception to that. Out of all the bachelor students who started in ICT 5 years ago nearly 60% had discontinued their studies by 2015. It was necessary to find out why students discontinue their studies and what could be done to reduce drop-out rates.

Client:

The Information Technology Foundation for Education

Implementation period:

2015

The cost of crimes of violence

Crimes of violence impose several costs on society, victim, and offender’s family. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of the costs associated with crimes of violence for Estonian society. The study focuses on three types of crime: manslaughter, rape and robbery.

Client:

Ministry of Justice

Implementation period:

2014-2015

The low- and high-skilled population of Estonia, their participation in the labour market, their social coping and health

Analysis often concentrate on the “average people” and “average results” but what about high- and low-achievers? This study looks at people with different levels of basic skills and their situation in the society based on the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data.

Client:

The Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2013-2015

The benefit of information processing skills in the labour market

Information processing skills are essential for coping in today’s society. But what part do basic skills play on the labour market? We tried to find out by analysing PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data.

Client:

Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2013-2014

The development and piloting of a method for combining quantitative labour demand forecast information and qualitative labour market monitoring

The assessment of future labour demand constitutes an important part of planning in the education system. The existing forecast methods that cover the whole economy are often said to result in data that is too aggregated. This method has been developed as a tool for the Estonian Qualifications Authority to refine the forecast produced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Client:

The Government Office

Implementation period:

2014

Supporting adults returning to secondary education

Previous research has shown that school education can be beneficial for both the individual and the society for different reasons. Therefore adults who wish to continue their studies should be supported as much as possible. The present study focused on how to better support adults in Estonia who wish to or have returned to secondary education.

Client:

Ministry of Education and Research

Implementation period:

2014

Crime Prevention at Local Level

There is general consensus that crime prevention is most effective when planned and delivered locally, as local communities understand best the problems and needs of community and therefore can deliver targeted and effective response. This study was to analyse the current situation of crime prevention at the local level, focusing particularly on youth crime prevention.

Client:

Ministry of Justice

Implementation period:

2014

Health care professionals’ income in Estonia

Pay and income statistics frequently come under public criticism, often when the published statistics diverge from people’s knowledge of their own income and that of people in their social circles. This is also true of pay in the health care sector: on the one hand, health care professionals, in particular doctors, are perceived by some.

Client:

CENTAR

Implementation period:

2013