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Do boys benefit from male teachers in elementary school?

The scarcity of male teachers in elementary school has led to a debate on whether young boys require more male role models in school, and whether boys might be discriminated against by female teachers. A recent IZA Discussion Paper by … Continue reading

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The economic value of Breaking Bad: How misbehavior in school pays off for some kids

By Nicholas W. Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University and IZA) There is growing interest in how schools can shape children’s non-cognitive skills (sometimes known as behavioral traits, soft skills, or personality). One reason for this interest is that non-cognitive skills predict … Continue reading

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Grades and rank: How do they affect student effort?

The educational system is built upon a sequence of tests to measure student performance. Improving student performance is a key educational and economic policy issue to which much time and resources are devoted. At the same time, the results of … 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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A culture of crime: growing up with the mafia next door

Organized crime generates about two percent of global GDP. While this is already a considerable share, the mafia and other groups of criminals might have an even higher economic impact by shaping the norms and attitudes of their surrounding societies, … Continue reading

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Job information centers improve students’ career choice

In many countries high school students visit job information centers before they graduate. They learn about job prospects, earnings and prerequisites of their desired job, as well as about local labor market conditions. This information is supposed to help teenagers … Continue reading

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Extending paid maternity leave makes no sense economically

Paid maternity leave has become more and more popular over the past few decades as mothers have increasingly entered the workforce: the median number of weeks of paid leave to mothers in OECD countries rose from only 14 in 1980 … Continue reading

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