Monthly Archives: August 2013

Lowering the legal drinking age has no detrimental impact on youth

How does the legal drinking age influence youth behavior? In a new IZA Discussion Paper, Stefan Boes and Steven Stillman answer this question by examining the impact of a reduction in the legal drinking age in New Zealand from 20 … Continue reading

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More and more older workers want to increase working hours

Older workers are becoming increasingly important in the European labor market. Previous research on work preferences suggests that older workers would like to reduce working hours. A new IZA Discussion Paper by David Bell and Alasdair Rutherford finds that this … Continue reading

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Men like child care at least as much as women do

In March of 2012, The New York Times (NYT) website ran the headline, “Do Women Like Child Care More than Men?” The article answered this question in the affirmative, basing its conclusions on an academic paper by Rhoads and Rhoads … Continue reading

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Will Germany experience a green job miracle?

Germany is one of the pioneering nations when it comes to the transition to a “green economy”. Conventional energy sources are replaced by renewables. Proponents of this development speak of a double dividend: while the transition has positive impacts on … Continue reading

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New evidence from soccer tournaments: three days of rest are enough

Professional European soccer players have to play about 50 games each year. In 90 minutes they run up to 14 kilometers. Given these numbers, it seems logical that fitness and fatigue are crucial factors that determine the success of a … Continue reading

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How the Great Recession affected domestic violence

During each global recession of the past decades there have been recurrent suggestions in the media that domestic violence increases with unemployment. All these accounts are based on the same underlying logic that high unemployment could provide the “trigger point” … Continue reading

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New RLE volume on labor market issues in China

After three decades of economic reform, China is experiencing substantial demographic changes and a steady structural transformation toward a market economy. These transitions pose major challenges for the Chinese labor market, which are at the center of the booming academic … Continue reading

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