Monthly Archives: July 2015

New textbook on the economics of immigration

The Economics of Immigration, by IZA Research Fellows Cynthia Bansak (St. Lawrence University), Nicole B. Simpson (Colgate University) and Madeline Zavodny (Agnes Scott College), was just published by Routledge. Since this topic is high on the IZA agenda, we wanted … Continue reading

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Home births lead to higher infant mortality: Dutch mothers in poorer areas at risk

The safety of home births for low-risk women is a hotly debated topic in the Western world. In this context, the Netherlands stands out as one of the few developed countries with a health care system geared toward home births, with one-third … Continue reading

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“When the going gets tough, the tough major in STEM fields”

The consequences of economic fluctuations are large and long-lasting, and can have an especially strong influence on investment choices. A new study by Erica Blom, Brian C. Cadena, and Benjamin J. Keys provides new insights into how personal exposure to … Continue reading

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Inter-ethnic interaction shapes attitudes towards minorities

Hostile attitudes of majority members towards ethnic, racial or social minorities are of major concern for policymakers and researchers alike. In his talk in the IZA Research Seminar, Scott E. Carrell (University of California, Davis) presented compelling evidence for the … Continue reading

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IZA Prize laureate Jan Svejnar: No, billionaires don’t drive economic growth!

In an op-ed published in The Guardian, Jan Svejnar (Columbia University and IZA) points out that the myth of billionaires boosting the economy is untrue – particularly when they amassed their wealth from political connections. Svejnar’s joint research with Sutirtha … Continue reading

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A big fish in a small pond: How rank affects students’ educational decisions

The characteristics of potential classmates are among the decisive factors for parents when choosing a school for their child. It is commonly believed that children learn and achieve more when surrounded by high-ability classmates. In their new discussion paper, IZA … Continue reading

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Socio-economic background shapes children’s personality

In many countries, people find it hard to climb up the economic ladder. According to a recent IZA paper, one of the reasons for social immobility is that parents’ education and income are important predictors of children’s personality traits. Wealthy … Continue reading

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