Monthly Archives: September 2015

Street prostitution zones make cities safer

Designated zones for street prostitution have reduce crime in the Netherlands. Data from 1994-2011 for Dutch cities show a decrease in registered sexual abuse and rape by up to 40% in the first two years after introduction of prostitution zones. … Continue reading

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Do case workers really help the unemployed? Interview with Michael Rosholm

Unemployment in Europe, particularly among young people, has risen dramatically during the Great Recession. This has put a lot of pressure on job center employees and their clients, with instances of violent attacks making headlines. We wanted to know how … Continue reading

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Can gender differences in computer use explain why boys do worse in school than girls?

Boys perform worse in school than girls, which has been dubbed the “Boy Crisis”. An analysis of the latest data on educational outcomes among boys and girls reveals extensive disparities in grades, reading and writing test scores, and other measurable … Continue reading

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Economic activity and the spread of viral diseases

Viruses are a major threat to human health. Over the last century, they were responsible for many more deaths than all armed conflicts that took place during that period. From an economic point of view, virus-induced sicknesses hinder economic activity … Continue reading

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What is the cost of falling victim to violent crime?

Violent crimes, be it physical and sexual assault, robbery or homicide, unfortunately are still common in any society. From an economic point of view, being a victim to a violent crime imposes significant direct monetary costs (through forgone wages and … Continue reading

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IZA Fellow Uwe Sunde wins prestigious Gossen Prize

The Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS), the association of German-speaking economists, has awarded this year’s Gossen Prize to Uwe Sunde. The decision of the prize committee was announced during the VfS annual meeting in Münster this week. Uwe Sunde is currently … Continue reading

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Team incentives and performance: Evidence from a retail chain

A simple team bonus can be a powerful instrument for retail firms to react to the strategic challenges posed by the entry of discounters, according to a new IZA Discussion Paper by Guido Friebel, Matthias Heinz, Miriam Krüger, and Nick … Continue reading

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