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IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset: New resource for the analysis of labor market policies

High-quality data are the key to evaluating the effectiveness of labor market policies. While administrative datasets provide detailed and reliable information on individual job histories, survey data give insights into individual behavior, attitudes and subjective experiences. A joint project by … Continue reading

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Labor market policy: Parts of the picture are missing

By Patrick Arni, Gerard van den Berg, and Rafael Lalive The standard empirical evaluations of labor market policy only consider the direct effects of single programs on their participants. This column* (based on IZA Discussion Paper No. 9457) argues that … Continue reading

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Youth employment programs around the world – do they work?

Improving the employment prospects of the young generation has become a top priority in labor market policymaking around the globe. Accordingly, youth employment interventions play an important role in international development cooperation. However, since the implementation of a program alone … Continue reading

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IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey now online!

The IZA Evaluation Dataset Survey (IZA ED Survey) is a novel panel survey which tracks the employment history, behavior and individual traits of a large, representative cohort of individuals. It covers a panel of 18,000 individuals who registered as unemployed … Continue reading

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Evidence-ignoring family policy in Germany

The German federal government recently introduced the Betreuungsgeld, a family benefit paid to parents who keep their one- and two-year-old children at home rather than sending them to public childcare. In August 2014, monthly benefit payments were raised to 150 … Continue reading

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Understanding the German minimum wage

With the introduction of a statutory minimum wage at a rather high starting level of 8.50 euros, Germany has undertaken a large-scale policy experiment that continues to raise eyebrows among economists worldwide. In a statement for Chinese Social Sciences Today, … Continue reading

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Germany’s minimum wage needs independent scientific evaluation

The German governing coalition’s bold move to introduce a statutory minimum wage at an extraordinarily high initial level has raised quite a few eyebrows around the world. Minimum wages are certainly a global trend, implemented by many OECD countries. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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