Monthly Archives: April 2016

Gender discrimination at work: What if your boss is a woman?

Despite the remarkable increase of female participation in education, the labor market and political life that has taken place over the past several decades, women are on average still paid less than men and are largely underrepresented in supervisory, managerial … Continue reading

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Are you clever enough to tell the truth?

People have different propensities to tell the truth, particularly when there is an incentive to lie. According to an experiment conducted with soldiers and civilians in Israel, researchers found that it’s not the differences in religious, economic or social background … Continue reading

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How to close the disability employment gap

Anti-discrimination legislation has been largely ineffective at improving the employment prospects of the disabled. A new report, just published by IZA World of Labor, finds that despite the introduction of a range of legislative and policy initiatives designed to eliminate … Continue reading

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Can market mechanisms solve the refugee crisis?

As the flow of asylum seekers reaching Europe’s shores is rising again with the onset of spring, the European Union is increasingly forced to address a number of challenges. Disagreements over the unequal distribution of refugees across the EU have … Continue reading

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China’s new two-child policy not enough to cope with aging population

In January 2016, China formally changed its one-child policy, now allowing all couples to have two children. Fei Wang, Liqiu Zhao and Zhong Zhao systematically examine the labor market consequences of China’s family planning policies in their recent IZA Discussion … Continue reading

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From a global perspective: Assessing the effects of labor market reforms

Since the 2008/09 global recession unemployment and inequality have been on a rise. Reforms of labor markets have been one prominent feature in different countries and regions over the last years, not least in the context of the 2008/09 global … Continue reading

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The twofold effect of technical progress on retirement

Even though life expectancy is rising in most OECD countries, participation rates for older workers remain low. The fact that a non-negligible fraction of individuals exit the labor force well before retirement age has grave economic consequences, as it influences … Continue reading

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