Monthly Archives: December 2013

Overcoming the educational mismatch

Nobel laureate Chris Pissarides suggests that in times of recession it’s good for young people to acquire more education. Nonetheless, this remedy may be risky if later on young people find a job for which they are overeducated or overskilled. … Continue reading

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Overcoming the educational mismatch

Toll Index – November 2013 – German Economy finishes strong

The Toll Index for the month of November is just out (download the data from the IDSC of IZA) and shows a seasonally expected, slight drop, month on month partly accounted for by the working days difference (21 working days … Continue reading

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Toll Index – November 2013 – German Economy finishes strong

Women are not scared of competing with males, field experiment shows

Despite increasing female labor market participation, gender differences in labor market outcomes persist: men earn more, have better employment perspectives and better access to top positions. One explanation for the persisting gender gap is that women are more reluctant to … Continue reading

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Women are not scared of competing with males, field experiment shows

False Hopes in Germany’s Minimum Wage

The new German government coalition is planning the phased introduction of a national minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour. This is a bold move placing Germany among the world leaders in terms of government-mandated minimum wages. A simulation based … Continue reading

Posted in Opinions | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on False Hopes in Germany’s Minimum Wage

After-school care allows parents to share work more equally

While more and more women with children work in OECD countries, less than a half of them have a full-time position, which has negative consequences on future career opportunities. In the public debate, after-school child care facilities are seen as … Continue reading

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on After-school care allows parents to share work more equally

On the distributional effects of macro policies

Policy choices have distributional consequences. This proposition is seen as self-evident in the context of certain macroeconomic policies such as fiscal policy that often have an explicit redistributive element. However, far less attention has been paid to the distributional consequences … Continue reading

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on On the distributional effects of macro policies

Broadband internet makes low-skilled workers more dispensable

Does adoption of broadband internet in firms enhance labor productivity and increase wages? And is this technological change more beneficial for for high-skilled workers? A new IZA discussion paper by Anders Akerman, Ingvil Gaarder and Magne Mogstad answers these questions … Continue reading

Posted in Research | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Broadband internet makes low-skilled workers more dispensable