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On World Day of Social Justice: Insights on economic inequality from IZA World of Labor

The UN has proclaimed February 20 the “World Day of Social Justice” to support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for … Continue reading

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Money to study? Research on motivation and incentives for students

Differences in educational outcomes based on socioeconomic background is a well-documented phenomenon and a key driver of inequalities later in life. Thus, these parities should be of high importance for policy makers. Two recent contributions to the IZA discussion paper … Continue reading

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Terrorism, hurricanes, economic crises: Learning through exogenous shocks

Economists seem to have a conspicuous interest in unexpected, far-reaching or even catastrophic events. In most cases, though, this interest does not reflect a tendency for cruel fascination and sensationalism, but stems from the academic desire to uncover meaningful causal … Continue reading

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Genes, education and labor market outcomes

What can genetic information teach us about the intergenerational transmission of economic inequality? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Nicholas W. Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University & IZA) and Kevin Thom (New York University) uses molecular genetic data to better understand … Continue reading

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Different sleep cycles can explain part of the gender performance gap in education

Girls largely outperform boys academically in middle and high school. Performance gaps begin to arise as early as in third grade, when boys start recording lower reading scores than girls. These gaps continue to permeate and grow through secondary school … Continue reading

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Teacher expectations influence student educational outcomes

Do teacher expectations matter?  In particular, can teacher expectations influence student educational outcomes? Yes, says a new IZA paper authored by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Economics and American University’s School of Public Affairs. Scholars, pundits, educators, and … Continue reading

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IZA Fellow Aaron Sojourner serves at U.S. President Council of Economic Advisers

IZA Research Fellow Aaron Sojourner (University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management) has been appointed as a senior economist on President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He will serve a one-year term beginning this summer, remaining in the role following the change … Continue reading

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