Monthly Archives: August 2016

Outsourcing of cognitive tasks to blame for polarized labor market, not technology

In recent decades labor markets in many developed countries have become increasingly polarized: middle-wage occupations have been declining, while employment in both high- and low-wage occupations has increased. Many studies point to increasing automation and offshoring of routine middling jobs … Continue reading

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IZA Fellow Aaron Sojourner serves at U.S. President Council of Economic Advisers

IZA Research Fellow Aaron Sojourner (University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management) has been appointed as a senior economist on President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He will serve a one-year term beginning this summer, remaining in the role following the change … Continue reading

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Well-being effects vary for formal and informal childcare

All parents are faced with the difficult decision of how to organize childcare. Parents preferring to return to the labor market early after childbirth usually rely on formal daycare or give the children to the grandparents. Others are convinced that … Continue reading

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Backlash against Muslim immigrants after terrorist attacks harms integration and the economy

The recent rise in the number and intensity of fundamentalist Islamic terrorist attacks occurring in several Western cities could, as it has in previous situations, inflame an aggressive socio-political atmosphere against Muslims. How does this affect the integration of Muslim … Continue reading

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Women’s chances in STEM fields better than often thought

One of the most common explanations why women are underrepresented in many areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is that a hiring bias against women exists in those fields. A new study by Thomas Breda and Mélina Hillion, … Continue reading

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Thematic series: Reforming minimum wage and labor regulation policies in developing economies

Minimum wages are a not just a hot policy issue in the United States and other highly developed nations. They are also a central aspect of the policy discourse in developing and transition economies, with diametrically opposite perspectives dominating the … Continue reading

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Peer effects! Peer effects everywhere! Whether you are shopping, working, leaving the nest…

Does the social environment influence what individuals buy? Are mothers more likely to work when other women in the neighborhood have a job? Do young people choose to continue living with their parents because their friends also do? If so, … Continue reading

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