Monthly Archives: December 2015

Subsidized high-quality early care improves child development especially among children in low-income families

Human development starts early, and neuroscientists point to the first three years of brain development as especially consequential. Foundations for academic and social success later in life are created through the experiences in children’s earliest years. Parents, relatives and many … Continue reading

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Racial mismatch in the classroom leads to more unexcused student absences and school suspensions

Policymakers and educators alike are increasingly cognizant of the long-term consequences of student absenteeism and suspensions, which are particularly troubling given that absence and suspension rates are significantly higher among low-income and racial minority students. However, while credible evidence of … Continue reading

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Life satisfaction gap between transition countries and the West is closing

Trends of globalization such as migration, economic integration and digital communication are undoubtedly bringing people closer together. But do they also cause the levels of satisfaction to converge? Researchers have long studied the institutional factors contributing to the strong international … Continue reading

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Labor supply effects of winning a lottery

Economic theory provides ambiguous predictions about the effect of wage increases on the allocation of time between leisure and work. On the one hand, a wage increase makes the individual richer, lowering the preferred hours of work. On the other … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, you’re fired! Effects of the age-dependent minimum wage in the Netherlands

The effects of the minimum wage on youth employment flows are at the focal point of the current policy debate in the Netherlands. A specific feature of the Dutch minimum wage system is that the youth minimum wage rate is … Continue reading

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How internet search analysis can help prevent traffic jams

Traffic congestion keeps rising. In 2014, the German Automobile Club (ADAC) recorded 475,000 traffic jams on German highways, totaling 960,000 kilometers of jammed traffic. Side effects include increased carbon emissions, energy waste, higher transportation and production costs, waste of labor, … Continue reading

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Successful year for IZA in research and policy advice

In 2015, IZA has achieved substantial progress in research, policy advice, media presence, scientific communication, and technology. In fact, the past year can be considered one of the most successful years of the institute. IZA’s work is well respected and … Continue reading

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