Monthly Archives: September 2014

Where does the gender gap in economics enrolment arise?

Although women account for 57% of all students at UK universities, the share of female economics students is only about 27%. In a new IZA paper, Mirco Tonin and Jackie Wahba use rich data on university applications to explore the … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Europe: What employers and policy makers can do

Youth unemployment has become one of the most pressing and highly discussed issues in Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. However, there is major divergence in youth unemployment rates across European countries with massive increases in Spain, Greece, … Continue reading

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Grades and rank: How do they affect student effort?

The educational system is built upon a sequence of tests to measure student performance. Improving student performance is a key educational and economic policy issue to which much time and resources are devoted. At the same time, the results of … Continue reading

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Congratulations: IZA Fellows Bloom and Van Reenen Receive 2014 EIB Prize

On September 25 the 2014 European Investment Bank Prize for Excellence in Economic and Social Research will be awarded to IZA Research Fellows Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University) and John Van Reenen (Centre for Economic Performance and London School of Economics). … Continue reading

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Ethnically diverse co-authors produce better research papers

Thinking about a new research paper? You may want to start searching for co-authors of different ethnicity. Statistically, this will increase the chances to get your paper accepted in a top journal. That’s what a new IZA Discussion Paper (written … Continue reading

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Flexible working hours improve job satisfaction

Temporal and locational flexibility (TLF) is an important element in current policy debates about working conditions and the combination of work and private life. More flexibility provides employees with a greater scope to reconcile their professional, private, and family lives. … Continue reading

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Peter Kuhn on the internet as a labor market matchmaker

Since the internet’s earliest days, firms and workers have used various online methods to advertise and find jobs. Until recently there has been little evidence that any internet-based tool has had a measurable effect on job search or recruitment outcomes. … Continue reading

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