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On World Day of Social Justice: Insights on economic inequality from IZA World of Labor

The UN has proclaimed February 20 the “World Day of Social Justice” to support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for … Continue reading

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Genes, education and labor market outcomes

What can genetic information teach us about the intergenerational transmission of economic inequality? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Nicholas W. Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University & IZA) and Kevin Thom (New York University) uses molecular genetic data to better understand … 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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From a global perspective: Assessing the effects of labor market reforms

Since the 2008/09 global recession unemployment and inequality have been on a rise. Reforms of labor markets have been one prominent feature in different countries and regions over the last years, not least in the context of the 2008/09 global … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Tony Atkinson on winning the EIB Prize

The Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank Institute has announced that Sir Anthony B. Atkinson (Nuffield College, Oxford) will receive the 2015 EIB Outstanding Contribution Award for excellence in economic and social research. Tony Atkinson established and shaped the modern British field … Continue reading

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IZA Prize laureate Jan Svejnar: No, billionaires don’t drive economic growth!

In an op-ed published in The Guardian, Jan Svejnar (Columbia University and IZA) points out that the myth of billionaires boosting the economy is untrue – particularly when they amassed their wealth from political connections. Svejnar’s joint research with Sutirtha … Continue reading

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“Who owns the robots rules the world”

A new generation of serfs could be created if employers don’t take more action to create shared ownership of companies and technologies, warns Richard Freeman (Harvard University) in a new IZA World of Labor article. His suggested solution also addresses … Continue reading

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