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On occasion of German Reunification Day: New Article on “Children of the Wall”

Today marks the 25th anniversary of German reunification. The signing of the German unification treaty had set in stone what Germans had not expected, but long desired: the unity of the German people. At the time, former German Chancellor Willy … Continue reading

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Girls benefit most from attending an elite school

Parents have strong preferences for sending their children to the best schools available. There seems to be a general perception that graduating from a elite school equals winning a lottery in life chances. Empirical evidence though tells a different story, … Continue reading

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American women respond to immigration inflows by having more children

The hot debate about President Obama’s immigration reform shows that many Americans still view immigrants as taking jobs away from natives – while in fact quite the opposite can be true: In a recent IZA Discussion Paper, Delia Furtado shows that … Continue reading

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Which kids are born in a crisis? Evidence from the fall of the Berlin Wall

By Arnaud Chevalier and Olivier Marie Do individuals born at different points of the economic cycle have different outcomes, and what could be the reasons? To answer this question, we explore the educational attainment and criminal activity of children born … Continue reading

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How an Italian pension reform reduced fertility

In Southern European countries family ties are traditionally very strong. In Italy, three out of four individuals who already have children themselves meet with one of their parents at least once a week. And 42 percent of all grandparents see … Continue reading

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Some children stabilize marriage, others don’t

From an economic perspective, children can be seen as an investment of the parents to increase the value of the marriage. In turn, children make a divorce more costly. A new IZA discussion paper by Héctor Bellido, José Alberto Molina, … Continue reading

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Award-winning paper: How “the Pill” reduced the gender wage gap

At the traditional IZA reception during the Annual Meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), held in Philadelphia in January 2014, IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann and Research Director Corrado Giulietti presented the 2013 IZA Young Labor Economist Award … Continue reading

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