Monthly Archives: October 2014

Europe’s refugee tragedy: about responsibility, work and fair burden-sharing

In a bold statement before the European Parliament, the EU Commission’s new President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed that European core values must also be respected when it comes to asylum policy. His words are remarkable in light of the embarrassing performance … Continue reading

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Beware of moral hazard: Joint unemployment insurance for the EMU

The ongoing crisis calls for better fiscal cooperation within the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Beyond tax policy coordination, there is also a strong demand for shock-absorbing mechanisms that could replace the lost instrument of exchange rate adjustment. The … Continue reading

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Lessons for Slovakia from Germany’s dual system of vocational training

Slovakia is contemplating ways to motivate companies to teach and instruct high school students. In an interview with the business daily Hospodárske noviny, IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann comments on potential lessons to be learned from Germany’s dual system of … Continue reading

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Should housework be shared more equally between partners?

Women do more housework than men. For most of history this phenomenon went largely unremarked. Housework was what women did, while men supported their families with paid work. However, the role of women has been changing: women’s educational levels are … Continue reading

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Can migration boost incomes, happiness and freedom satisfaction?

By Carol Graham and Milena Nikolova The recent economic crisis and the subsequent lagging economic recovery renewed the immigration debate in the United States and beyond. While there are benefits from migration for the recipient economies, there are also potential … Continue reading

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Yes, Germans do believe in fiscal flexibility

Investors were spooked recently by suggestions that global growth may be slowing. Germany came in for particular attention as industrial production and exports both fell, warning that a recession may be on the way. World leaders, especially in Europe, are … Continue reading

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Why aging and working makes us happy – in four charts

By Carol Graham and Milena Nikolova In the past few years, economists and other social scientists have made great strides in developing measures to assess subjective well-being (or, more colloquially, happiness), which has deepened our understanding of well-being beyond the … Continue reading

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