Tag Archives: Netherlands

What a difference a day makes: Marriages with special wedding dates more likely to fail

Family stability is a prerequisite for a number of social outcomes that policy makers care about, not the least being child well-being and inequality. Still, the underlying factors influencing marital stability are not well understood. In their new discussion paper, … 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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Happy birthday, you’re fired! Effects of the age-dependent minimum wage in the Netherlands

The effects of the minimum wage on youth employment flows are at the focal point of the current policy debate in the Netherlands. A specific feature of the Dutch minimum wage system is that the youth minimum wage rate is … Continue reading

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Demanding occupations and the retirement age

With populations aging in across most developed countries, governments are under pressure to reform pension schemes to guarantee their fiscal sustainability. Raising the statutory retirement age – the age at which individuals are entitled to ‘full’ retirement benefits – is … Continue reading

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Home births lead to higher infant mortality: Dutch mothers in poorer areas at risk

The safety of home births for low-risk women is a hotly debated topic in the Western world. In this context, the Netherlands stands out as one of the few developed countries with a health care system geared toward home births, with one-third … Continue reading

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Flexible working hours improve job satisfaction

Temporal and locational flexibility (TLF) is an important element in current policy debates about working conditions and the combination of work and private life. More flexibility provides employees with a greater scope to reconcile their professional, private, and family lives. … Continue reading

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Having a successful start-up: How your team should be composed

Entrepreneurship is an important source of innovation and technological change. And as standard macro theory suggests, these are main drivers of growth and prosperity. For a long time entrepreneurs were stereotyped as “lone wolves”, but this is not necessarily true. … Continue reading

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