Monthly Archives: June 2015

A European perspective on long-term unemployment

In the aftermath of the 2008/09 recession, long-term unemployment has increased in many EU member states. Even in some countries with a favorable economic environment that contributed to declines in overall unemployment, the share of long-term unemployed in total unemployment … Continue reading

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Don’t be afraid of the future of work! Werner Eichhorst explains current labor market trends

A new book edited by Werner Eichhorst and Paul Marx looks at Non-Standard Employment in Post-Industrial Labour Markets. Examining the occupational variation within non-standard employment, the book combines case studies and comparative writing to illustrate how and why alternative occupational … Continue reading

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30 years after Schengen: Freedom of movement in danger

In June 1985, European leaders met in the town of Schengen in Luxembourg. They agreed to gradually relax border controls between their countries. Today the Schengen Area comprises 26 European countries that have abolished passport checks and other types of … Continue reading

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How to increase the attractiveness of STEM for female students

Women have been traditionally under-represented in college major fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Analyzing the reasons is one of the hottest topics in the economics of education. Low graduation rates in STEM fields among women are believed … Continue reading

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Reducing early marriage to boost female labor market participation in Senegal

Senegal is a country with large gender disparities in education and career opportunities. Early marriage and low age at first birth greatly impede women’s career prospects. A study by Francesca Marchetta and David E. Sahn, conducted under the GLM-LIC program … Continue reading

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Why labor market policies should be guided by happiness

Happiness should be a guiding factor in the governance of labor markets, argues Jo Ritzen in his most recent IZA World of Labor article. When designing employment policies, policy makers should weigh the unhappiness of the unemployed against the extra … Continue reading

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The online temptation: How employees react to restrictions of internet use in the workplace

Employers tend to regard Twitter, Facebook, and other online services including e-mail as “temptations” that distract employees from the work they are supposed to do. Many firms have therefore implemented policies prohibiting private e-mail and internet use in the workplace. … Continue reading

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