Tag Archives: employment

Does modern technology slow down employment growth after recessions?

In the last 25 to 30 years, recoveries from recessions in the US have been plagued by weak employment growth. While before 1990 employment growth during the two years following a recession was a little over five percent, it has … Continue reading

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How deporting all undocumented workers would hurt the U.S. economy

Immigration issues are at the top of many western countries’ political agendas. The EU is still processing all of the ramifications of the refugee crisis. Illegal immigration was also a central theme during the U.S. presidential race. Donald Trump’s promise … Continue reading

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The effect of minimum wages on firm value

Ever since minimum wages were first introduced into labor markets, policy controversies have been fought out over the question of whether minimum wages cause companies to lay off employees and whether they impact on firm performance, for example by decreasing … Continue reading

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How to close the disability employment gap

Anti-discrimination legislation has been largely ineffective at improving the employment prospects of the disabled. A new report, just published by IZA World of Labor, finds that despite the introduction of a range of legislative and policy initiatives designed to eliminate … Continue reading

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New forms of work and shady employers: How reputation can discipline the “gig economy”

Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, and other online platforms have drastically reduced the price of micro-contracting and grown a “gig” economy, where workers must more frequently decide which potential employers to trust. Traditionally, workers have used labor unions and professional associations as … Continue reading

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IZA World of Labor informs B20 Employment Taskforce Report

When global leaders meet at the G20 summit in Antalya this weekend, they will receive prioritized policy recommendations from the B20 Employment Taskforce. The report of the taskforce, to which IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann has contributed as a member, … Continue reading

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Why labor market policies should be guided by happiness

Happiness should be a guiding factor in the governance of labor markets, argues Jo Ritzen in his most recent IZA World of Labor article. When designing employment policies, policy makers should weigh the unhappiness of the unemployed against the extra … Continue reading

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