Monthly Archives: November 2016

Generosity of unemployment benefits affects job search effort

Unemployment insurance (UI) schemes face a dual challenge: By partly replacing forgone labor income, they should enable unemployed individuals to actively search for re-employment, while on the other hand they have to ensure that job seekers are not incentivized to … Continue reading

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Mixing kids in school leads to more mixed-race adult relationships

Does the racial mix of students’ classmates affect their behavior later on in life? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Luca Paolo Merlino, Max Friedrich Steinhardt and Liam Wren-Lewis compares American students, contrasting those who happen to be in an … Continue reading

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Money to study? Research on motivation and incentives for students

Differences in educational outcomes based on socioeconomic background is a well-documented phenomenon and a key driver of inequalities later in life. Thus, these parities should be of high importance for policy makers. Two recent contributions to the IZA discussion paper … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes: Marriages with special wedding dates more likely to fail

Family stability is a prerequisite for a number of social outcomes that policy makers care about, not the least being child well-being and inequality. Still, the underlying factors influencing marital stability are not well understood. In their new discussion paper, … Continue reading

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Will robots take over? How automation changes the world of work

Technological change has advanced digitalization and automation in a number of industries, raising fears that human workers will eventually become redundant. Recent studies predict that almost half of existing jobs are at risk of becoming extinct due to this process. … Continue reading

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Terrorism, hurricanes, economic crises: Learning through exogenous shocks

Economists seem to have a conspicuous interest in unexpected, far-reaching or even catastrophic events. In most cases, though, this interest does not reflect a tendency for cruel fascination and sensationalism, but stems from the academic desire to uncover meaningful causal … Continue reading

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