Monthly Archives: March 2014

Capitalism and religion: Protestant work ethic fosters entrepreneurship in Switzerland

As the German sociologist Max Weber said back in 1904, the rise of capitalism is closely linked to the emergence of Protestantism. Individualism and the Protestant work ethic fits well with the principles of the market economy. In  a new … Continue reading

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In the gym and on the job: creatine makes successful

It is widely used among tennis players, ski jumpers and bodybuilders as a dietary supplement: Creatine, an organic acid that supplies muscles and the brain with energy very effectively. But maybe it does not only enhance the performance in the … Continue reading

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More schooling makes women less likely to vote for Islamic parties

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are characterized by low levels of per capita income, democracy and education, but a high level of religiosity. Excluding Cyprus and Israel, the predominant religion in these countries is Islam. In … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Europe: key issues

During a panel discussion at the 2nd European Conference at Harvard University on 1 March 2014, IZA Director of Labor Policy Europe, Werner Eichhorst, highlighted five core issues of current youth unemployment in Europe:   There is major divergence in … Continue reading

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Freedom in Danger: The End of European Integration?

The recent shocking vote of the Swiss people to reintroduce strict immigration quotas will primarily affect Western Europeans, most of all Germans and Italians. In line with numerous opinion polls from other European countries, the Swiss referendum shows that migration … Continue reading

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Shared joy is double joy: Girls are more generous than boys

Classic economic theory has long pursued the concept of homo economicus, which sees human beings as rational actors who are exclusively motivated by self-interest. More recently, this has been complemented by homo reciprocans, a concept describing cooperatively acting individuals who … Continue reading

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The Crimea Crisis: Consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian Divide

The recent serious developments in the Ukraine expose growing tensions between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians in the country, evident since the Orange Revolution. Recent IZA research shows that these tensions reflect deeper divides in political preferences but also economic disparities … Continue reading

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