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The economics of mental health: Better treatment would more than pay for itself

Mental illness accounts for half of all illness up to age 45 in rich countries, making it the most prevalent disease among working-age people. Mental illness costs billions in welfare payments and lost taxes. Sir Richard Layard (London School of Economics) … Continue reading

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Do employers care where you’re from?

In the last two decades, economists’ interest in social networks has increased dramatically. This has come with a parallel awareness that putting humans in their social context is not only a matter of embellishing theoretical models with human behavior but … Continue reading

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The Empirics Strike Back Again: Abel Brodeur wins Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for his dedication to open science

In 2013, IZA Research Affiliate Abel Brodeur (University of Ottawa) and his co-authors published an IZA discussion paper titled “Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back” (see also our IZA Newsroom article). Analyzing 50,000 statistical tests published in top economics journals, … Continue reading

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How deporting all undocumented workers would hurt the U.S. economy

Immigration issues are at the top of many western countries’ political agendas. The EU is still processing all of the ramifications of the refugee crisis. Illegal immigration was also a central theme during the U.S. presidential race. Donald Trump’s promise … Continue reading

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“Jobs for Development”: How job creation can drive progress and what policies can support this process

Job creation is at the heart of development. This was the central message of the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2013: Jobs”, to which IZA had also contributed. Jobs raise living standards and lift people out of poverty, they contribute … Continue reading

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Labor market disadvantages for persons with disabilities need tailored policy responses

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In Europe, about one in eight people of working age (aged 15–64) report having a disability, defined as the presence of a long-term limiting health condition. Despite the introduction of … Continue reading

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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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