Monthly Archives: November 2013

Learning from nuns: Catholic schools are not better than the rest

Several empirical studies have attempted to assess whether private schools provide better education than public schools. This question is crucial both for educational policy and parents’ school choice. Advocates of school competition often base their arguments on evidence suggesting positive … Continue reading

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Migrants from new Member States are an asset for Europe

Anti-immigration sentiment is on the rise in Europe, as countries such as Germany, Spain or the UK have reverted to a reserved position when it comes to access of immigrants, including those from new member states, to their labor markets … Continue reading

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Apprenticeships improve job opportunities

In Italy, as in many other European countries, apprenticeships and on-the-job training have been gaining popularity. Although being only of temporary nature and exhibiting a relatively low level of employment protection, apprenticeships are widely believed to be a successful form … Continue reading

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People who play sports do better on the job

Does playing sports or going to the gym help your career? In a new IZA discussion paper, Paul Downward and Michael Lechner investigate effect of sports participation on employment and earnings for England. The study is based on a unique dataset … Continue reading

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Did your grandpa change his name? Find out why that was a smart thing to do.

Many immigrants arriving in America in the early 20th century started a new life, and often they started it with a new name. In fact, many Americans today have heard stories of migrant ancestors Americanizing their names. What exactly was … Continue reading

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Extending paid maternity leave makes no sense economically

Paid maternity leave has become more and more popular over the past few decades as mothers have increasingly entered the workforce: the median number of weeks of paid leave to mothers in OECD countries rose from only 14 in 1980 … Continue reading

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What predicts a successful life?

How much of adult well-being is determined by childhood influences? The answer to this question is very important to policy-makers since it influences educational and family policies. In a new discussion paper, Richard Layard, Andrew E. Clark, Francesca Cornaglia and Nattavudh … Continue reading

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