Monthly Archives: February 2015

James Heckman on Gary Becker’s unique approach to economics

Gary Becker (December 2, 1930 – May 3, 2014) has changed the economic profession like few before him. With his brilliant work on human capital and the economics of the family, but also on such issues as drug abuse and … Continue reading

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Don’t doze off… Being tired might make you risky

It is common sense that making important decisions after a night of poor sleep might be a bad idea. Marco Castillo, David L. Dickinson and Ragan Petrie put this notion to an experimental test. In a study published in the … Continue reading

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Sports and exercise boost labor market performance and earnings

Many public policy campaigns aim at encouraging people to be more physically active. Sports and exercise enhance physical and mental health, as well as soft skills like self-discipline, endurance, stress management, and team work. All of this can also boost … Continue reading

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Court ruling in the Rügemer case

In a recent court ruling, allegations that IZA engages in “lobbying” and does not inform about its private funding (thus allegedly conducting “stealth science”) were prohibited under threat of penalty. Other statements were judged as mere expressions of opinion, not … Continue reading

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When parents divorce, children’s personality development suffers

Disruptions in family structure are suspected to impede the development of children’s personality, with far-reaching consequences for school performance and labor market success. An IZA paper by Tyas Prevoo and Bas ter Weel adds to the empirical evidence by investigating … Continue reading

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New volume on gender convergence in the labor market

For most countries in recent years women’s labor force participation has risen while men’s has fallen. At the same time, fertility rates declined, marriage rates decreased, and the average husband-wife age difference shrunk slowly but steadily. The number of single … Continue reading

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Immigrants and host countries benefit from liberalized access to citizenship

Politicians, the media, and the public express concern that many immigrants fail to integrate economically. Research shows that the option to naturalize has considerable economic benefits for eligible immigrants, even in countries with a tradition of restrictive policies. An article … Continue reading

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