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Educational choices can help explain income inequality in Germany

Rising levels of income inequality in many developed countries have led to much political and scientific controversy. One of the empirical challenges is to identify the causes and drivers of inequality. A new study by German economists Albrecht Glitz (Universitat … Continue reading

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Backlash against Muslim immigrants after terrorist attacks harms integration and the economy

The recent rise in the number and intensity of fundamentalist Islamic terrorist attacks occurring in several Western cities could, as it has in previous situations, inflame an aggressive socio-political atmosphere against Muslims. How does this affect the integration of Muslim … Continue reading

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Causes and remedies of youth unemployment

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, one in five young people in Europe are currently unemployed, with peak rates of 50 percent or above. Against this background, the IZA Workshop “Which Institutions Promote Youth Employment?” organized by Pierre Cahuc … Continue reading

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In the army now: forced military service reduces future earnings

In most countries of the world it is still a duty of young men to serve for the army for a couple of months or even years. For many of the recruits this not only means leaving home, but also … Continue reading

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“The Price of Rights”: How to regulate international labor migration

Many low-income countries and development organizations are calling for greater liberalization of labor immigration policies in high-income countries. At the same time, human rights organizations and migrant rights advocates demand more equal rights for migrant workers. “The Price of Rights“, … Continue reading

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The ultimate resource and its allocation

Free trade and open labor markets are determinants of economic welfare. In his legendary 1981 book, the American population economist Julian Simon suggested that human beings are The Ultimate Resource. Simon died much too early in 1998, but his vision … Continue reading

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Why brain drain can be good for your country

It can be quite costly for a country if the smartest brains move abroad. In the latest IZA interview, Visiting Research Fellow Peter J. Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara) explains why brain drain can also be beneficial for a … Continue reading

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