Monthly Archives: February 2014

Counseling services help to find the right school track

In tracked educational systems the choice of school track is one of the most crucial decisions in students’ lives. It has been shown that those who choose academic (or more selective) tracks tend to have a higher probability of continuing … Continue reading

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Immigration may decrease inequality

Heated debates surround the economic effects of immigration in receiving countries. Research has shown that fears about competition for jobs or welfare are misguided, as immigrants contribute to receiving countries’ GDP (also per capita), employment rate, public budgets, or cross-border … Continue reading

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Ethnic segregation: boon or bane for cultural integration?

Immigrants are not evenly distributed within countries: they tend to agglomerate in mainly urban areas. In the public eye – not least since the recent riots in the UK, France and even Sweden – such ethnic neighborhoods and the formation … Continue reading

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More labor mobility would alleviate asymmetric shocks in Europe

Free mobility of labor, one of the pillars of the European Union, has experienced a decrease in popularity in several European countries. Indeed, Swiss citizens in a very recent referendum voted to impose quotas on immigrants from EU countries. Especially … Continue reading

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Toll Index for January 2014: Germany at pre-crisis strength

The Toll Index for January 2014 is just out, indicating that the German business cycle has started the year impressively at a six-year high. According to the index, which is based on the monthly transportation activity performed by heavy transport … Continue reading

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Money makes people more right-wing

Voting is the foundation of modern democracy. The causes of people’s political attitudes, however, are largely unknown. Are people’s party preferences motivated by deeply ethical views, or are voting choices made out of  pure self-interest? Testing between these two alternative … Continue reading

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German Economy with (unsurprisingly) strong Q4 2013

The German Economy grew 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013 according to Reuters Deutschland.  For Reuters and those who have not been following my posts this was a surprise (although this measurement is only a preliminary calculation which is … Continue reading

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