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Generosity of unemployment benefits affects job search effort

Unemployment insurance (UI) schemes face a dual challenge: By partly replacing forgone labor income, they should enable unemployed individuals to actively search for re-employment, while on the other hand they have to ensure that job seekers are not incentivized to … Continue reading

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On the costs and benefits of international labor mobility: Interview with George Borjas

The drastic and unexpected increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Germany in 2015 has overshadowed the long ongoing discussion about amending the German immigration law. The current refugee situation has caused some to argue that such a … Continue reading

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What politicos get wrong in Germany’s retirement debate

A crucial reality check for all Germany’s politicians eager to hand out even more retirement benefits: They need to ensure that the – already staggering – financial burden carried by the younger members of the workforce will not rise even … Continue reading

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The right mix of migrants to meet Germany’s needs

“In past decades, Germany has made great strides with the integration of foreigners. Those achievements must be defended prudently and balanced with the country’s demographic challenges. Indiscriminately admitting all refugees from war, including often illiterate and unskilled youths, is bound … Continue reading

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ADHD diagnoses depend on relative age

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common diagnoses of behavioral problems among school-aged children. ADHD diagnoses remain controversial since they are perceived as stigmatizing, and drug-based therapies may be accompanied by severe side effects. Against this … Continue reading

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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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How to attract skilled immigrants: What can Germany learn from Australia?

There is a hot public debate in Germany about whether we need an immigration law and a points system to attract and select high-skilled migrants. Canada is often referred to as a potential role model, but it is also worth … Continue reading

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