Monthly Archives: March 2013

What happens to the careers of European workers when immigrants “take their jobs”?

A new IZA Discussion paper by Cristina Cattaneo, Carlo V. Fiorio and Giovanni Peri evaluates the effect of immigrants on the career of natives. The authors follow native individuals who have been exposed to competition of immigrants in European countries. … Continue reading

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Why India needs manufacturing and true labor reforms

The International Monetary Fund’s recent downgrading of the growth forecast for India from 6.2% to 4.5% for 2012, which came on the heels of the decline in the actual growth rate to below 5.5% in the first half of 2012, … Continue reading

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Agenda 2010: Successful reforms and policy advice

The 10th anniversary of the “Agenda 2010” labor market reforms – announced by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on March 14, 2003, after many trials and tribulations of his Red-Green government coalition – has drawn a lot of good and … Continue reading

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Eat sugar and make better choices

Formal economic models rarely consider the mental conditions of individuals when analyzing their behavior and the decisions they make. In reality, people do this all the time: it seems common sense not to ask friends, family or colleagues to perform … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back

Most academic disciplines use a statistical threshold to decide whether a hypothesis is likely to be true. If a test statistic is below this threshold, the finding is too uncertain to be suggested to be true. An unintended consequence of … Continue reading

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The future of the flat tax

In May 2004, Slovakia was the first Central European country to introduce a flat tax and was considered as one of the role-models for the movement towards lower, flatter tax structures. However, in January 2013, Slovakia newly re-elected left-wing government … Continue reading

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Richard Blundell on the importance of labor supply and the role of public policy

IZA prize winner Richard Blundell talks about the importance of labor supply and the role of public policy.

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