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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 to improve compliance with sectoral minimum wages

Research on minimum wages focuses mainly on their impact on employment. More recently some papers have looked also at prices, profits and productivity. But they disregard a potentially important issue: non-compliance. Economists tend to assume that the minimum wage is … Continue reading

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The overeducated Italian doctors

By Giuseppe Lucio Gaeta, Giuseppe Lubrano Lavadera, and Francesco Pastore Gaining a Ph.D. possibly determines positive outcomes from both an individual and a societal perspective. For candidates, doctoral education is an investment aimed at acquiring skills and competences to be … Continue reading

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Broadband boosts firm performance but not jobs in rural areas

To fully realize the potential of today’s internet requires fast access. But in some of Europe’s rural areas, broadband connections are still a scarce resource. Especially rural businesses complain about the lack of internet infrastructure in their regions. In the … Continue reading

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What France can learn from Italy about labor market reforms

In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann analyzes European policymakers’ latest efforts at implementing difficult but necessary labor market reforms. Zimmermann sees remarkable progress in Italy, but lack of action in France. … Continue reading

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Italy’s reform challenge: The need for evidence-based labor market reforms

In many respects Italy is facing the same reforms needs as Germany did in the early 2000s. The German experience has shown that economic difficulties are the friend of labor market reforms. For Italy to succeed as well, there are … Continue reading

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“Austerity is used as a scapegoat to avoid painful reforms”

In an interview with La Tercera newspaper in Chile, IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann comments on Europe’s economic difficulties and the current debate on austerity and flexibility. He calls on European policymakers to abandon their ideologically motivated policy strategies in … Continue reading

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