Monthly Archives: April 2014

Roma face blatant discrimination in Europe – IZA Director calls for better integration

The German government is planning to pass new legal provisions for asylum seekers. This would also facilitate the deportation of Roma people to their Eastern European countries of origin even though they face severe discrimination and persecution in these countries, … Continue reading

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Why British men were ten centimeters shorter a century ago

Smaller families, improved knowledge about nutrition and hygiene, and a cleaner environment with better housing, less overcrowding and a reduction in toxic heavy industry – all of these things have contributed to the spectacular increase in the height of the … Continue reading

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How to make your employees creative – evidence from a field experiment

As globalization increases the need to continuously improve and adapt to new technology and changing competition, many companies are seeking ways to engage employees more effectively in innovation. Existing studies of employee creativity are mostly based on field studies, survey … Continue reading

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IZA Director Zimmermann favors pushing retirement age to 70

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger has attacked the German government’s pension policy plans, which include the option to retire with full pension entitlements at age 63 if certain conditions are met. IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann, who has been a long-standing … Continue reading

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A stitch in time saves nine: procrastination and academic success

Every student knows how hard it can be to pull yourself together and study. From a short-run perspective, being lazy makes sense: studying is an investment in the distant future, while lying in the sun provides immediate utility. So procrastination … Continue reading

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UN interventions: Is it all about geography?

Twenty years after the Rwandan Genocide, many people discuss about the lessons to be drawn: Why have the United Nations refused to intervene militarily, although half a million people were killed? Why, in contrast, have the Yugoslavian Wars received much … Continue reading

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Knowing that you matter, matters: the luck of having a meaningful job

What if somebody told you that your job was completely irrelevant and useless? Would you still work with the same effort? Probably not. But what if you got more money or became “employee of the month”? In a new IZA … Continue reading

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