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“Jobs for Development”: How job creation can drive progress and what policies can support this process

Job creation is at the heart of development. This was the central message of the World Bank’s “World Development Report 2013: Jobs”, to which IZA had also contributed. Jobs raise living standards and lift people out of poverty, they contribute … Continue reading

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Generosity of unemployment benefits affects job search effort

Unemployment insurance (UI) schemes face a dual challenge: By partly replacing forgone labor income, they should enable unemployed individuals to actively search for re-employment, while on the other hand they have to ensure that job seekers are not incentivized to … Continue reading

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Automatic stabilizers: shock absorber or incentive killer?

The Great Recession has revived aggregate demand management policies. In particular, “automatic stabilizers” are praised since they are rule-based and thus operate swiftly and symmetrically across the cycle. The idea is to temper the economy when it overheats and provide … Continue reading

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How bad is involuntary part-time work?

By Daniel Borowczyk-Martins (Sciences Po and IZA) and Etienne Lalé (University of Bristol and IZA) When assessing the state of the labor market economists and policy-makers usually look at the unemployment rate. In recent years, observers have been paying increasing … Continue reading

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Turning unemployed into self-employed can be an effective alternative to traditional labor market policies

In order to curb unemployment, OECD countries have made enormous efforts and spent considerable sums on active labor market policies (0.6% of GDP in 2011). Governments have mainly relied on traditional measures such as job creation schemes, training programs, and … Continue reading

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Why the unemployed need human coaches right from the start

Electronic self-service platforms can help job-seekers find suitable vacancies and facilitate self-development. But the results of a recent research project by Bert Van Landeghem, Frank Cörvers and Andries de Grip presented in a new IZA Discussion Paper remind us that … Continue reading

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Women’s labor supply during the crisis: Sinem Ayhan wins CBRT research prize

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) has granted the “2015 Research Award” to IZA Research Associate Sinem Ayhan for her paper “Evidence of Added Worker Effect from the 2008 Economic Crisis” (IZA DP No. 8937). Based on … Continue reading

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