Tag Archives: labor market policy

The gender pay gap: Discrimination or structural differences?

By Solomon W. Polachek Women earn less than men. In the US the gap is approximately 22%. Among OECD countries the gap averages 15%. One might argue this indicates rampant discrimination. But the story is far more complicated. Many women … Continue reading

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“Jobs for Development”: How job creation can drive progress and what policies can support this process

Job creation is at the heart of development. This was the central message of the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2013: Jobs”, to which IZA had also contributed. Jobs raise living standards and lift people out of poverty, they contribute … Continue reading

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Labor market policy: Parts of the picture are missing

By Patrick Arni, Gerard van den Berg, and Rafael Lalive The standard empirical evaluations of labor market policy only consider the direct effects of single programs on their participants. This column* (based on IZA Discussion Paper No. 9457) argues that … Continue reading

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On occasion of German Reunification Day: New Article on “Children of the Wall”

Today marks the 25th anniversary of German reunification. The signing of the German unification treaty had set in stone what Germans had not expected, but long desired: the unity of the German people. At the time, former German Chancellor Willy … Continue reading

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Why labor market policies should be guided by happiness

Happiness should be a guiding factor in the governance of labor markets, argues Jo Ritzen in his most recent IZA World of Labor article. When designing employment policies, policy makers should weigh the unhappiness of the unemployed against the extra … Continue reading

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IZA World of Labor reaches new milestones

Launched in 2014, the online platform IZA World of Labor is well on track. It already comprises over 100 articles providing decision-makers with relevant and succinct information based on sound empirical evidence on policy-relevant labor market topics. The project is … Continue reading

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Hiring credits stimulated employment during recession in France

In response to soaring unemployment during the Great Recession, the French government introduced a hiring credit in December 2008. The program called zéro charges allowed firms with fewer than ten employees to hire workers at the minimum wage without paying … Continue reading

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