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The economic value of Breaking Bad: How misbehavior in school pays off for some kids

By Nicholas W. Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University and IZA) There is growing interest in how schools can shape children’s non-cognitive skills (sometimes known as behavioral traits, soft skills, or personality). One reason for this interest is that non-cognitive skills predict … Continue reading

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Rise in earnings inequality is the biggest difficulty in today’s US labor market

A new IZA World of Labor report looking at the US labor market (2000-2016) finds a remarkable drop in the labor force participation rate; the nearly full recovery of unemployment from the depths of the Great Recession; and the continuing growth in … Continue reading

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Sports and exercise boost labor market performance and earnings

Many public policy campaigns aim at encouraging people to be more physically active. Sports and exercise enhance physical and mental health, as well as soft skills like self-discipline, endurance, stress management, and team work. All of this can also boost … Continue reading

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Student internships increase wages later in life

Most university students complete an internship while pursuing an academic degree: some work during the semester breaks, others even take a whole semester off to gain some work experience. In Germany, nearly 80 percent of all students had at least … Continue reading

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Did your grandpa change his name? Find out why that was a smart thing to do.

Many immigrants arriving in America in the early 20th century started a new life, and often they started it with a new name. In fact, many Americans today have heard stories of migrant ancestors Americanizing their names. What exactly was … Continue reading

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High testosterone, high wages?

Does the level of testosterone, which is associated with more aggressive and competitive behavior, explain why men earn more than women? In a new IZA Discussion Paper, Anne C. Gielen, Jessica Holmes and Caitlin Knowles Myers study this question by … Continue reading

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