Monthly Archives: July 2014

Female quotas in company boards: Norwegian evidence shows no trickle-down effect

Women still earn less than men, and are still under-represented in executive positions. In 2003, the Norwegian government passed a reform to change that, setting up a mandatory quota of 40 percent for women in the boards of publicly limited … Continue reading

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Risk and compensation in the labor market for drug smugglers

Every year, roughly 3,000 people are arrested while working as “mules” smuggling drugs through the ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexican border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. For every mule caught, many more get through. Despite the great … Continue reading

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Long-run effects of ADHD medication on health and crime

The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on its all-time high. In Germany, for example, the number of diagnosed ADHD cases rose by 42 percent between 2006 and 2011. At age 11, about 7 percent … Continue reading

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How Viagra changed the lifestyle of elderly men

The introduction of Viagra in 1998 changed the world of men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Up until then, there were nearly no remedies available that could have helped men effectively. No wonder that within a few months after its introduction, … Continue reading

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Understanding the German minimum wage

With the introduction of a statutory minimum wage at a rather high starting level of 8.50 euros, Germany has undertaken a large-scale policy experiment that continues to raise eyebrows among economists worldwide. In a statement for Chinese Social Sciences Today, … Continue reading

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Recommended book: How the federal government analyzes and influences the economy

A newly published three-volume set on “Public Economics in the United States” takes a close look at how the U.S. federal government analyzes and influences the economy. Edited by Steven Payson, 47 chapters written by 61 leading experts deal with … Continue reading

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Like father, like son? Family welfare cultures in Norway

In most Western countries children of welfare recipients are more likely to receive welfare benefits themselves. However, it is not clear if this link is causal or driven by other factors. A theory in line with the causal interpretation is … Continue reading

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