Monthly Archives: January 2014

Early school tracking: no long-term impact on labor market outcomes

School tracking systems, which allot students to certain school types according to their ability, seek to improve efficiency in education by tailoring curricula to students’ needs. Yet, early tracking bears the risk of misallocating students, as information about their full … Continue reading

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Soccer motivates the unemployed

International soccer tournaments attract enormous attention in most countries. Germany is one country in which these soccer tournaments are especially salient: media coverage is very high during the tournaments and the whole nation seems to be obsessed with the performance … Continue reading

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Global warming: one hot day costs up to 70 cents per capita

With rising temperatures, sea levels and more and more episodes of extreme weather, most people agree that the global climate change is among the severest problems mankind will have to face in the next decades, and potentially centuries. Yet, there … Continue reading

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Award-winning paper: How “the Pill” reduced the gender wage gap

At the traditional IZA reception during the Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), held in Philadelphia in January 2014, IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann and Research Director Corrado Giulietti presented the 2013 IZA Young Labor Economist Award … Continue reading

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Migrants are different from the average – but does it matter?

Migrant self-selection – the question who migrates and who does not – is one of the most fundamental issues in the study of migration and often appears in the political discussion on skill-selective migration policies. But despite the vast evidence of the … Continue reading

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First up, then down: life satisfaction of young adults

Early adulthood is a time of important transitions that shape the future of young adults. How do these transitions affect well-being, and to what degree can they account for the life satisfaction path followed during young adulthood? To answer these … Continue reading

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Q&A with Klaus F. Zimmermann on welfare migration in Germany

IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann answers questions on the current migration debate in Germany. Questions asked by GlobalPost correspondent Jason Overdorf. What is the likely socio-economic impact for Germany of free mobility for Bulgarians and Romanians? Zimmermann: Germany is attracting … Continue reading

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