Monthly Archives: May 2016

Against xenophobia and national barriers – in light of the refugee crisis in Europe

European leaders have failed to devise any short-term solutions to address the underlying drivers forcing refugees to flee Africa and the Middle East, pushing some policy makers and sections of the public to press for closing borders and raising fences … Continue reading

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High times for students

When a U.S. state passes a medical marijuana law (MML), effectively lowering the costs of obtaining marijuana for both patients and non-patients, part-time college students in the state spend significantly less time attending and studying for class. Moreover, this reduction … Continue reading

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IZA Prize goes to Claudia Goldin

The 2016 IZA Prize in Labor Economics goes to Claudia Goldin, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Goldin has been awarded the IZA Prize for her career-long work on the economic history of women in education … Continue reading

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Two solutions to the challenges of population aging

By Milena Nikolova Population aging—the increase of the share of older individuals in a society due to fertility declines and rising life expectancy—is an irreversible global trend with far-reaching economic and socio-political consequences. By 2050, the number of people aged … Continue reading

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The market for paid sick leave

In most OECD countries, general practitioners (GPs) play several fundamentally different roles. Clearly, on the one hand, they are responsible for their patients’ health and physical well-being. On the other hand, they also play an often unforeseen, but economically important … Continue reading

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