Monthly Archives: June 2013

Explaining the impact of the crisis on young and old workers in the EU

A new research project coordinated by IZA experts Werner Eichhorst and Michael Kendzia and commissioned by the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs analyzes the impact of the economic crisis on European labor markets, with special attention to the … Continue reading

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What can we learn from Germany’s dual vocational training model?

The youth unemployment rate in Germany has been very low for decades and is currently one of the lowest in the EU. About two thirds of the workforce have a vocational degree in Germany. Is there a causal link? Studies … Continue reading

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Why EU labor markets should open up to EaP countries

A new research report presented to the European Commission calls for a liberalization of EU labor market access for the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. It concludes that (i) the balance of costs … Continue reading

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Do people discriminate others or favor their ownkind?

Discrimination is omnipresent in today’s labor markets: women receive lower wages, foreigner are less likely to be hired. While the broad definition of discrimination is clear (‘the minority suffers compared to the majority’), there is no evidence on whether the … Continue reading

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IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists is underway

The 12th IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists, organized by Dan A. Black (University of Chicago) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA and Bonn University), is currently underway in Buch at the Ammersee lake near Munich. SOLE is the society of … Continue reading

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People react less to tax changes if tax rules are complex

How does a tax system’s complexity affect people’s reaction to tax changes? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Johannes Abeler and Simon Jäger answers this question by conducting a laboratory experiment. Participants are either faced with a simple or a … Continue reading

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Explaining the Spanish labor market slump

With the reform of 1984, fixed-term contracts soared representing one-third of wage and salary workers in Spain. In contrast to permanent contracts, fixed-term contracts offer no severance pay, low benefits and wages, little human capital accumulation and high turnover. While … Continue reading

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