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Do boys benefit from male teachers in elementary school?

The scarcity of male teachers in elementary school has led to a debate on whether young boys require more male role models in school, and whether boys might be discriminated against by female teachers. A recent IZA Discussion Paper by … Continue reading

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Economic costs of global warming

Climate change is considered one of the major challenges of the 21st century. While politicians and scientists at the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn are currently debating the political implications, economists have looked into the various economic consequences of … Continue reading

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Low-skilled immigration causes human capital polarization in Italy

While there is a vast literature considering the labor market effects of immigration, less has been done to investigate how immigration affects the educational choices of young natives, especially in Europe. A new IZA discussion paper by University of Padova … Continue reading

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Fertility and the digital divide: More flexibility, more children?

The rapid diffusion of the Internet, and in particular of high-speed, broadband Internet, has characterized the life-changing digital revolution that began around the turn of the twenty-first century. The profound social and economic implications of the spread of the Internet … Continue reading

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Teenage daughters as a risk factor for divorce

Sullen exchanges, inexplicable silences and broken curfews can be part of life for parents of teenagers, but could this period be also a stress-test for parents’ marriages? A new IZA Discussion Paper finds that parents of teenage daughters are more likely … Continue reading

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Countering absenteeism by bringing temporarily disabled workers partly back to work

Disability rolls have been rising for decades in many OECD countries, entailing both a substantial volume of labor withdrawn from the market, as well as heavy social security costs. This has led to increased attention on the trade-off between generosity … Continue reading

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Can debt restructuring help households out of the debt trap?

During the last financial crisis, the indebtedness of households and the number of bankrupt households reached levels that had not yet been experienced on a worldwide scale. In such an environment of high private debt, the policy debate seems to … Continue reading

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