Monthly Archives: September 2013

Why (some) people still marry – an economic perspective

Have the benefits from marriage changed over the past decades? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Shelly Lundberg and Robert A. Pollak investigates this question by putting it into an economic perspective. In particular, the authors take the changing labor … Continue reading

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Unmet expectations: Why we are unhappy during midlife

Human beings are happy when they are in the mid-20s and when they are hitting the 60s, but they experience quite low levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction during midlife. Some theories have assumed that this U-shaped pattern over the … Continue reading

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Ulf Rinne on the merits of anonymous job applications

In the latest IZA interview, Ulf Rinne, Deputy Director of Research at IZA, talks about the merits and problems of anonymous job applications. For more information on anonymous job applications, see a related paper by Annabelle Krause, Ulf Rinne and … Continue reading

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Most people do not know the amount of their pensions

Governments are increasingly concerned about the capacity of pensions systems to meet demands in the coming years. According to the OECD, one part of the policy response in many countries will be greater private provision on the part of individuals … Continue reading

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How to motivate workers? Money versus mission

How much harder do people work when they believe in the mission of their organization? And equally important: How much less do they work when they disagree with the mission? To answer these questions, Jeffrey P. Carpenter and Erick Gong … Continue reading

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Poland should soon join the Euro – for its own benefit and that of Europe

Poland’s swift accession to the Eurozone would further accelerate the country’s economic rise and stimulate growth in the European Union as a whole, according to IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann. He received the European Investment Bank’s first EIB Prize during … Continue reading

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India is still waiting for Superman

The Indian economy is facing a rout. The latest data, which show growth slowing sharply, and a plunging currency have laid bare the fragility of the economy. Raghuram Rajan, who recently took over at the helm of India’s central bank, … Continue reading

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