Monthly Archives: January 2016

Labor market policy: Parts of the picture are missing

By Patrick Arni, Gerard van den Berg, and Rafael Lalive The standard empirical evaluations of labor market policy only consider the direct effects of single programs on their participants. This column* (based on IZA Discussion Paper No. 9457) argues that … Continue reading

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New forms of work and shady employers: How reputation can discipline the “gig economy”

Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, and other online platforms have drastically reduced the price of micro-contracting and grown a “gig” economy, where workers must more frequently decide which potential employers to trust. Traditionally, workers have used labor unions and professional associations as … Continue reading

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Employers will check you out! Facebook profile pictures affect hiring chances

What many have already suspected has now been scientifically proven: Employers are screening job candidates through Facebook. In fact, your Facebook profile picture affects your callback chances about as strongly as the picture on your resume. This is the finding … Continue reading

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Award-winning paper on the costs of environmental policy

The study by Reed Walker (UC Berkeley) on “The Transitional Costs of Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from the Clean Air Act and the Workforce” (Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013) is recognized with the 2015 IZA Young Labor Economist Award. The author … Continue reading

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