Monthly Archives: August 2015

How setting the right goals can boost business productivity

Businesses require motivated and productive employees. Monetary incentives, such as pay-for-performance schemes are a popular tool to encourage better employee performance. Another effective and much cheaper tool that has proved to lift employee performance is smart goal setting. Whether assigned … Continue reading

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African Americans discriminated against in access to U.S. local public services

Requests for information from local public services, like sheriffs’ offices, school districts and libraries, across the United States are less likely to receive a reply if signed by ‘black-sounding’ names, according to new paper by IZA Research Director Corrado Giulietti, … Continue reading

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The long shadow of Stasi spying

Many countries monitor their citizens using secret surveillance systems. According to the Democracy Index 2012, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, 37 percent of the world population lives in authoritarian states. In many of those countries, large-scale surveillance systems are … Continue reading

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Measuring historical happiness through digitized books

What are the historical drivers of happiness? To answer this question, a research team from the University of Warwick built an index of subjective well-being for the last 250 years, based on sentiment analysis of millions of digitized books. By … Continue reading

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Color discrimination remains a big problem in the U.S. — Interview with new IZA JoLE Editor Joni Hersch

A year after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson, the U.S. is still engaged in a difficult debate about race, color and class. The debate goes beyond the question of police … Continue reading

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International Youth Day: IZA World of Labor helps create better policies for youth

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day, celebrated on August 12th, is “Youth Civic Engagement.” According to the UN, the engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. To create better opportunities for youth to … Continue reading

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Vanishing effect of religion on the labor market participation of European women

Religion and the traditional role model it conveys affects female labor market participation: Studies show that the likelihood of employment is lower for Catholic, Christian-Orthodox, and Muslim women compared to their Protestant peers. However, the influence of religious-conservative values may well … Continue reading

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