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Rise in earnings inequality is the biggest difficulty in today’s US labor market

A new IZA World of Labor report looking at the US labor market (2000-2016) finds a remarkable drop in the labor force participation rate; the nearly full recovery of unemployment from the depths of the Great Recession; and the continuing growth in … Continue reading

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Mental health affects employment outcomes – and vice versa

Depression, which is the focus of this year’s World Health Day, is also an important topic for labor economists as mental health and employment outcomes are inherently intertwined. People with poor mental health have lower levels of economic activity, lower … Continue reading

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IZA/IAB Linked Evaluation Dataset: New resource for the analysis of labor market policies

High-quality data are the key to evaluating the effectiveness of labor market policies. While administrative datasets provide detailed and reliable information on individual job histories, survey data give insights into individual behavior, attitudes and subjective experiences. A joint project by … Continue reading

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Globalization’s stabilizing effect on manufacturing jobs in Germany

Recently, there has been strong interest in the decline of manufacturing in the United States. Although the share in real output has been constant since the 1960s, the share in aggregate employment has been steadily decreasing over time. A popular … Continue reading

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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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