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Low-skilled immigration causes human capital polarization in Italy

While there is a vast literature considering the labor market effects of immigration, less has been done to investigate how immigration affects the educational choices of young natives, especially in Europe. A new IZA discussion paper by University of Padova … Continue reading

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How tax policy can promote lifelong learning

In the face of demographic and technological change, people will have to work longer and are more likely to switch jobs, careers, or tasks within a given job. Faster depreciation of human capital increases the need for lifelong learning. Some … Continue reading

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Student work experience doesn’t help to get a job interview

Students in high school and university are often encouraged to work during the summer or after class to gain practical experience, make money, expand their networks, and thereby increase their chances of finding a “real” job later. While this seems … Continue reading

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How hot weather impedes cognitive performance

The threat of climate change and its associated costs are prominent in a vital and ongoing public discourse around the globe. Columbia University economist Matthew Neidell (together with his co-authors Solomon M. Hsiang and Joshua Graff Zivin) analyzes a previously … Continue reading

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Global Skill Partnership: Regulate skilled migration for global equity

The migration of skilled labor is often seen as unfair, benefiting rich countries (through receiving well-skilled workers to fill labor demands) at the expense of poor ones (who bear the financial burden of education and experience a brain drain of … Continue reading

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James Heckman on Gary Becker’s unique approach to economics

Gary Becker (December 2, 1930 – May 3, 2014) has changed the economic profession like few before him. With his brilliant work on human capital and the economics of the family, but also on such issues as drug abuse and … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Europe: What employers and policy makers can do

Youth unemployment has become one of the most pressing and highly discussed issues in Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. However, there is major divergence in youth unemployment rates across European countries with massive increases in Spain, Greece, … Continue reading

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