Monthly Archives: May 2014

German parental benefits facilitate labor market re-entry

“Elterngeld” (literally: parents’ money) is among the most generous benefit payments in Germany. If a parent decides to stay at home with a newborn child, the government pays two-thirds of his or her recent monthly net income (up to a maximum … Continue reading

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Confusion over German retirement age policy: 67, 63, or 65?

Germany’s hotly debated retirement age reform of 2007 enforced a rise in the mandatory retirement age from 65 to 67 years over the next decades. It served as a model case across Europe, and initiated a debate about a further … Continue reading

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Working Without Borders: A Manifesto for Europe’s Future

As a clear counterpoint to the prevailing pessimism about Europe and the growing opposition against free labor mobility within Europe, a diverse group of leading European labor economists from 10 different EU countries have called on European policymakers to implement … Continue reading

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Celebrating IZA Research Fellow Marc Nerlove Turning 80

The economics profession celebrates the 80th birthday of IZA Research Fellow Marc Nerlove with a prestigious conference in Washington DC on May 23, 2014. The speakers include James Stock (Harvard University), Jinyong Hahn (University of California Los Angeles), James Heckman … Continue reading

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Job information centers improve students’ career choice

In many countries high school students visit job information centers before they graduate. They learn about job prospects, earnings and prerequisites of their desired job, as well as about local labor market conditions. This information is supposed to help teenagers … Continue reading

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Martin Kahanec: “Europe must do more for Roma integration”

In an interview with IZA Newsroom, Martin Kahanec, a professor at Central European University Budapest and deputy director of IZA’s migration program, talks about his research on Roma integration and identifies the key challenges for European policymakers.  “I think that … Continue reading

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IZA Director Zimmermann: Europe needs an open and flexible labor market

To stimulate growth, development and integration, there is an urgent need for more and easier labor mobility in Europe. But labor markets in the EU still suffer from many barriers. The missing mobility – both within and between countries – … Continue reading

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