Monthly Archives: April 2015

A new definition for ‘replications’ in social science

A series of small wars have recently erupted between researchers in labor, development, and other fields of economics. They involve disagreements over studies claiming that they cannot “replicate” some earlier study’s result. Replication lies in the bedrock of science. The … Continue reading

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How to attract skilled immigrants: What can Germany learn from Australia?

There is a hot public debate in Germany about whether we need an immigration law and a points system to attract and select high-skilled migrants. Canada is often referred to as a potential role model, but it is also worth … Continue reading

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Minimum wages impede job growth in the long run

There is hardly any other topic in the economics profession with more diverging opinions, empirical evidence and policy recommendations than the effect of minimum wages on employment. Jonathan Meer (Texas A&M University and NBER) and Jeremy West (MIT) provide a … Continue reading

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Challenges for African migration to Europe discussed at the 12th Annual Migration Meeting in Dakar, Senegal

The 12th Annual Migration Meeting (AM²) organized by IZA, the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and CRES under the leadership of IZA Program Director Amelie Constant, is currently under way in Dakar/Senegal. The central topic of this year’s meeting … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2015: Recent IZA research on climate change and air pollution

April 22 marks International Earth Day. Initiated by the Earth Day Network back in 1970 to raise global awareness for the importance of environmental protection, “Earth Day’s 45th anniversary could be the most exciting year in environmental history”, according to … Continue reading

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How hot weather impedes cognitive performance

The threat of climate change and its associated costs are prominent in a vital and ongoing public discourse around the globe. Columbia University economist Matthew Neidell (together with his co-authors Solomon M. Hsiang and Joshua Graff Zivin) analyzes a previously … Continue reading

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Air pollution impairs productivity of professional soccer players

Air pollution is the top environmental risk factor of premature death. Annual costs of environmental damage for the European countries range between 60 and 200 billion euros, according to the European Environment Agency. The trade-off between the population health benefits … Continue reading

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