Tag Archives: health

How (lack of) sleep affects our economic behavior

Today is World Sleep Day! As recent IZA research shows, a good night of sleep is not just a matter of individual well-being but has wider implications for social behavior and economic outcomes. So we suggest you get yourself a … Continue reading

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How language influences children’s economic behavior

Patience is an important trait in children that can make a difference for a lifetime. Many disciplines, including economics, have studied how patience in intertemporal choices – preferring a later but larger reward over a sooner but smaller reward – … Continue reading

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Street prostitution zones make cities safer

Designated zones for street prostitution have reduce crime in the Netherlands. Data from 1994-2011 for Dutch cities show a decrease in registered sexual abuse and rape by up to 40% in the first two years after introduction of prostitution zones. … Continue reading

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Early-life medical interventions benefit siblings of treated children

When newborns with a too low birth weight are treated,  even their non-affected siblings benefit. This is the conclusion of a recent IZA Discussion Paper authored by N. Meltem Daysal, Sanni Breining, Marianne Simonsen, and Mircea Trandafir, using data from … Continue reading

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Sports and exercise boost labor market performance and earnings

Many public policy campaigns aim at encouraging people to be more physically active. Sports and exercise enhance physical and mental health, as well as soft skills like self-discipline, endurance, stress management, and team work. All of this can also boost … Continue reading

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Pour some sugar in me: Faster, better decisions with glucose

Many factors influence the quality of decision making:  importance, relevance, and even time of day can affect the degree to which we thoughtfully consider a decision. In a new IZA paper, Todd McElroy, David L. Dickinson and Nathan Stroh investigate how … Continue reading

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How health status affects individual time use

Economics is the science on scarce resources. And what is more scarce than time in modern societies? A recent literature acknowledges this scarcity of disposable time of individuals and households and analyzes the interplay between time allocation and economic decisions … Continue reading

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