Monthly Archives: June 2014

Should Greece leave the European Union?

In light of the recent recession and demands by some observers that Greece and other Southern European countries should leave the Eurozone, politicians often point to the benefits of European integration for all countries. Without the EU, they say, growth … Continue reading

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What happens when employers are free to discriminate? Evidence from the English Fantasy Football Premier League

Research on employers’ hiring discrimination is limited by the unlawfulness of such activity. Observational studies report lower wages for minority, but may be affected by the difficulty of comparing “like for like”. An alternative strand of research focuses on the … Continue reading

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Want better grades? Get a good night’s sleep!

Students who sleep seven hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only six hours of sleep. In a new IZA DP, … Continue reading

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Are government workers really more public-spirited than those in the private sector?

By Mirco Tonin (University of Southampton and IZA) and Michael Vlassopoulos (University of Southampton) A fifth of UK workers are employed in the public sector. Though public sector work is obvious crucial – schools, hospitals, police and so on – … Continue reading

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Encouraging single mothers to work – evidence from the Netherlands

Welfare benefits are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the poor need them to survive, on the other hand they provide an incentive to withdraw from the labor market and live off the government transfers – especially if these transfers … Continue reading

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A culture of crime: growing up with the mafia next door

Organized crime generates about two percent of global GDP. While this is already a considerable share, the mafia and other groups of criminals might have an even higher economic impact by shaping the norms and attitudes of their surrounding societies, … Continue reading

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Mr. Rossi, Mr. Hu and politics: How immigration shapes natives’ political preferences

International migration is a global phenomenon, widely studied in the literature. An important but less investigated issue concerns the role of immigration for the political preferences of the natives, who often have strong views and prejudices on the issue. These … Continue reading

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