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Online quizzes can motivate students to learn more

A large fraction of students fail at university. One potential reason is that students do not exercise enough effort on a regular basis. If intrinsic motivation does not suffice to induce satisfactory student performance, then what interventions might help to … 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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Student internships increase wages later in life

Most university students complete an internship while pursuing an academic degree: some work during the semester breaks, others even take a whole semester off to gain some work experience. In Germany, nearly 80 percent of all students had at least … Continue reading

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A stitch in time saves nine: procrastination and academic success

Every student knows how hard it can be to pull yourself together and study. From a short-run perspective, being lazy makes sense: studying is an investment in the distant future, while lying in the sun provides immediate utility. So procrastination … Continue reading

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Knowing that you matter, matters: the luck of having a meaningful job

What if somebody told you that your job was completely irrelevant and useless? Would you still work with the same effort? Probably not. But what if you got more money or became “employee of the month”? In a new IZA … Continue reading

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Women are not scared of competing with males, field experiment shows

Despite increasing female labor market participation, gender differences in labor market outcomes persist: men earn more, have better employment perspectives and better access to top positions. One explanation for the persisting gender gap is that women are more reluctant to … Continue reading

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