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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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How tax policy can promote lifelong learning

In the face of demographic and technological change, people will have to work longer and are more likely to switch jobs, careers, or tasks within a given job. Faster depreciation of human capital increases the need for lifelong learning. Some … Continue reading

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Equality of opportunity – for what?

By Daniel Mahler and Xavi Ramos The notion that individuals ought to have equal opportunities in life is popular among politicians, the general public, and philosophers alike. It is deeply embodied in the American Dream and has resonated with politicians … Continue reading

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Educational choices can help explain income inequality in Germany

Rising levels of income inequality in many developed countries have led to much political and scientific controversy. One of the empirical challenges is to identify the causes and drivers of inequality. A new study by German economists Albrecht Glitz (Universitat … Continue reading

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Getting it right: Policies to fight youth unemployment in the EU

Despite the fact that the global financial crisis has largely come to end, youth unemployment remains high, with rates of jobless young people higher than those of adults across the entire EU. This problem has not gone unnoticed, however. Many … Continue reading

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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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How personality is affected by birth order and birth spacing

The family environment is among the most important factors in the development of a child’s personality. It is evident that parental strategies and the amount of time and resources that parents are able to put towards their children would have … Continue reading

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