Monthly Archives: May 2013

Seek and ye shall find: how search requirements affect job finding rates of older workers

Older workers often have difficulties to find a new job after becoming unemployment. While this problem is often attributed to low job availability, new evidence from the Netherlands suggests that older workers should by no means be discouraged as job … Continue reading

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Where do the brainy Italians go, and why?

Highly educated and skilled Italians take their talent abroad in search of better funds, career opportunities and payoffs. Despite Europe’s attempts to retain ‘brains’, 30,000 Italian researchers leave each year, while only 3,000 qualified scientists go to Italy. It is … Continue reading

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Workers bear most of the corporate tax burden

Do higher corporate taxes reduce wages? While this question has heavily been discussed in economics since the 1960s, compelling empirical evidence is still scarce. In a new IZA discussion paper, Clemens Fuest, Andreas Peichl and Sebastian Siegloch exploit the specific … Continue reading

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Economic incentives increase blood donations without negative consequences, IZA Fellows write in Science

Institutions such as the World Health Organization and national blood agencies have for 40 years promoted policy guidelines that oppose the use of economic incentives to attract blood donors. In an article that appeared in the May 24, 2013, issue … Continue reading

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Extended unemployment insurance did not affect U.S. unemployment rate

Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits typically are available for 26 weeks in the United States. In response to the Great Recession of 2007-2009, UI benefit availability was extended to the historically unprecedented level of 99 weeks. Some observers and analysts have … Continue reading

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Immigrant integration: Linguistic distance impedes literacy

Language acquisition of immigrants is crucially affected by the dissimilarity between the immigrant’s mother tongue and the language of the destination country, according to a new IZA discussion paper by Ingo E. Isphording. The study relies on a combination of … Continue reading

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Microinsurance in developing countries can help prevent child labor

Child labor is a common consequence of economic shocks in developing countries. A new IZA discussion paper by Andreas Landmann and Markus Frölich shows how reducing the vulnerability to such shocks can affect child labor and schooling. The authors exploit the … Continue reading

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