Monthly Archives: February 2013

Panel discussion “PHOENIX RUNDE” (in German)

IZA Deputy Director of Labor Policy Werner Eichhorst on the topic “Arbeit für einen Hungerlohn – Ausbeutung in Deutschland?”

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China’s new growth model

IZA Research Fellow Eswar Prasad has recently argued that China has made some progress in transforming its growth model. Recent data suggests that private and government consumption have caught up and accounted for more than half of China’s output growth … Continue reading

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EU Blue Card falls short of the mark

On February 18, 2013, the Federal Minister of the Interior presented the recent number of immigrants to Germany under the EU Blue Card system and praised the initiative as successful. IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann, in contrast, says the Blue … Continue reading

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Economists agree on key economic questions

Ask two doctors and you get two opinions, ask two economists and you get three. It often seems that professional economists are not even able to agree on key economic questions: Is immigration beneficial? Are ethanol requirements in gasoline fuel-inefficient? … Continue reading

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Panel discussion “Bonner Wirtschaftstalk” (in German)

IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann on strategies to deal with skilled labor shortage

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Smoking bans make (some) smokers happy

A recent IZA Discussion Paper by Reto Odermatt and Alois Stutzer shows that smoking bans increase the happiness of smokers who recently failed to quit smoking. Other than that bans are not related to subjective well-being. The authors analyze data … Continue reading

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Here’s a way to end our slump: give away money

Why not give significant tax cuts to the low end of the income distribution rather than the top end asks IZA Program Director David G. Blanchflower in his latest column for The Independent.

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