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Do managers need more masculine or more feminine skills?

Among top business managers women are still a rare sight. The reasons are complex and subject to heated debates. One controversial explanation suggests that a successful corporate manager needs to have “male” attributes and skills such as risk-taking and competitive … 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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How setting the right goals can boost business productivity

Businesses require motivated and productive employees. Monetary incentives, such as pay-for-performance schemes are a popular tool to encourage better employee performance. Another effective and much cheaper tool that has proved to lift employee performance is smart goal setting. Whether assigned … Continue reading

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Union threat: Where is it highest?

What kind of businesses do unions approach to organize workers? Much is known about what happens to a business after it becomes unionized. But there is little information on where the threat of union formation is highest, and where union … Continue reading

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Broadband internet makes low-skilled workers more dispensable

Does adoption of broadband internet in firms enhance labor productivity and increase wages? And is this technological change more beneficial for for high-skilled workers? A new IZA discussion paper by Anders Akerman, Ingvil Gaarder and Magne Mogstad answers these questions … Continue reading

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