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Long-term unemployed through the eyes of recruiters: Less motivated, less talented and less trainable

Recent research has shown that employers are reluctant to hire long-term unemployed: the longer job candidates’ unemployment spell, the lower is their chance of a positive reaction. In a new IZA Discussion Paper, scholars from Ghent University, KU Leuven, Vrije … Continue reading

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Do longer working hours decrease performance?

Working hours vary substantially, both between and within countries, due to differences in the regulation of the standard workweek and in the prevalence of part-time work. Relatively little, however, is known about how the length of the working day affects … Continue reading

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Three mechanisms to boost firm productivity

Monetary incentives are not always the most cost-effective way to make employees more productive. Three recent IZA World of Labor articles look at alternative mechanisms to improve worker productivity and boost firm performance: peer effects, employee well-being, and employee ownership. … Continue reading

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The economics of mental health: Better treatment would more than pay for itself

Mental illness accounts for half of all illness up to age 45 in rich countries, making it the most prevalent disease among working-age people. Mental illness costs billions in welfare payments and lost taxes. Sir Richard Layard (London School of Economics) … 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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How setting the right goals can boost business productivity

Businesses require motivated and productive employees. Monetary incentives, such as pay-for-performance schemes are a popular tool to encourage better employee performance. Another effective and much cheaper tool that has proved to lift employee performance is smart goal setting. Whether assigned … Continue reading

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Robots at work: Boosting productivity without killing jobs?

What have industrial robots done for growth and employment? IZA affiliate Georg Graetz and Guy Michaels answer this question using novel data on industrial robots in 14 different industries in 17 developed countries including Germany, Australia, South Korea, and the … Continue reading

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