Monthly Archives: June 2016

Has Uber made it easier to get a ride in the rain?

Standing or walking in the rain is an activity best avoided. In New York City (NYC), when faced with such inclement weather, the demand for personal transportation naturally increases. During such scenarios, taxi drivers spend less time searching for customers … Continue reading

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Now over 10,000 papers in the IZA DP series!

Established in 1998, starting with 100 papers in the first two years, the IZA Discussion Paper series now includes more than 10,000 working papers authored by IZA researchers and network members. On average, a new IZA DP goes online every … Continue reading

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Promoting replications in social science to overcome the tragedy of the (research) commons

Although empirical economics often claims to provide rigorous estimates of behavioral parameters which must be judged against a gold standard of experimental evidence, a key feature of this method is typically neglected—the role of replications in assessing the reliability of … Continue reading

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Automatic stabilizers: shock absorber or incentive killer?

The Great Recession has revived aggregate demand management policies. In particular, “automatic stabilizers” are praised since they are rule-based and thus operate swiftly and symmetrically across the cycle. The idea is to temper the economy when it overheats and provide … Continue reading

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The effect of minimum wages on firm value

Ever since minimum wages were first introduced into labor markets, policy controversies have been fought out over the question of whether minimum wages cause companies to lay off employees and whether they impact on firm performance, for example by decreasing … Continue reading

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The perfect moment to score a goal? A football myth debunked

It is often thought that a goal just before half-time serves as a morale-booster and will increase a team’s chances of winning. However, a new IZA Discussion Paper by Ghent University researchers Stijn Baert and Simon Amez suggests that the … Continue reading

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How to promote entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship has been shown to account for a large share of job creation and to promote innovation and growth. Hence it is no surprise that governments seek to encourage the formation of new businesses and to create favorable circumstances for … Continue reading

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