Monthly Archives: March 2015

Robots at work: Boosting productivity without killing jobs?

What have industrial robots done for growth and employment? IZA affiliate Georg Graetz and Guy Michaels answer this question using novel data on industrial robots in 14 different industries in 17 developed countries including Germany, Australia, South Korea, and the … Continue reading

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The Eurozone crisis: What really motivates Germany

In the global debate about the Eurozone crisis, Germany has come in for a lot of criticism. The German position has been described as engaging in a “morality tale” (aimed at forcing other countries to pay back their debts). Alternatively, … Continue reading

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Inequality — a hot topic in public debates and IZA research

Inequality has been rising in many countries over the last decades, making it a hot topic in current academic and public debates. While the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and income can lead to political unrest, too narrow distributions may … Continue reading

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IZA Fellow Sarah Brown appointed to the UK’s independent Low Pay Commission

Sarah Brown, economics professor at the University of Sheffield and IZA Research Fellow since 2008, has been appointed a new member of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) that advises the British government. “The Low Pay Commission’s independent, expert advice is … Continue reading

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On the origins of dishonesty: Do kids learn to cheat from their parents?

Dishonesty is a pervasive and costly phenomenon that may threaten mutual trust and social cohesion. But why is it that men tend to lie or cheat more often than women? IZA fellow John List and his co-authors Daniel Houser, Marco … Continue reading

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IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey now online!

The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey (IZA ED Survey) is a novel panel survey which tracks the employment history, behavior and individual traits of a large, representative cohort of individuals. It covers a panel of 18,000 individuals who registered as unemployed … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, be happy! A selection of empirical evidence for the International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness! The perfect opportunity to provide an overview of some cutting-edge research on what makes us (un)happy. Read these exciting articles from IZA World of Labor, the IZA Open Access Journals and the IZA … Continue reading

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