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Outsourcing of cognitive tasks to blame for polarized labor market, not technology

In recent decades labor markets in many developed countries have become increasingly polarized: middle-wage occupations have been declining, while employment in both high- and low-wage occupations has increased. Many studies point to increasing automation and offshoring of routine middling jobs … Continue reading

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Courage, trust and autonomy: Werner Eichhorst outlines challenges of the new world of work

In a recent podcast by the WorkLife HUB, an online platform focusing on work-life balance topics, Werner Eichhorst speaks about the challenges and opportunities of future work. He describes what to expect from the rising importance of robots in the workplace … Continue reading

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IZA World of Labor informs B20 Employment Taskforce Report

When global leaders meet at the G20 summit in Antalya this weekend, they will receive prioritized policy recommendations from the B20 Employment Taskforce. The report of the taskforce, to which IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann has contributed as a member, … Continue reading

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Youth employment programs around the world – do they work?

Improving the employment prospects of the young generation has become a top priority in labor market policymaking around the globe. Accordingly, youth employment interventions play an important role in international development cooperation. However, since the implementation of a program alone … Continue reading

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How to attract skilled immigrants: What can Germany learn from Australia?

There is a hot public debate in Germany about whether we need an immigration law and a points system to attract and select high-skilled migrants. Canada is often referred to as a potential role model, but it is also worth … Continue reading

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How hot weather impedes cognitive performance

The threat of climate change and its associated costs are prominent in a vital and ongoing public discourse around the globe. Columbia University economist Matthew Neidell (together with his co-authors Solomon M. Hsiang and Joshua Graff Zivin) analyzes a previously … Continue reading

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Europe’s refugee tragedy: about responsibility, work and fair burden-sharing

In a bold statement before the European Parliament, the EU Commission’s new President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed that European core values must also be respected when it comes to asylum policy. His words are remarkable in light of the embarrassing performance … Continue reading

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