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The impact of repealing “Obamacare” on children’s academic performance

By Michael A. Leeds (Temple University and IZA) There are many reasons to feel relieved by the recent failure to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as the ACA or “Obamacare.” While attention was rightly focused … Continue reading

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High times for students

When a U.S. state passes a medical marijuana law (MML), effectively lowering the costs of obtaining marijuana for both patients and non-patients, part-time college students in the state spend significantly less time attending and studying for class. Moreover, this reduction … Continue reading

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American women respond to immigration inflows by having more children

The hot debate about President Obama’s immigration reform shows that many Americans still view immigrants as taking jobs away from natives – while in fact quite the opposite can be true: In a recent IZA Discussion Paper, Delia Furtado shows that … Continue reading

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Union threat: Where is it highest?

What kind of businesses do unions approach to organize workers? Much is known about what happens to a business after it becomes unionized. But there is little information on where the threat of union formation is highest, and where union … Continue reading

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How Viagra changed the lifestyle of elderly men

The introduction of Viagra in 1998 changed the world of men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Up until then, there were nearly no remedies available that could have helped men effectively. No wonder that within a few months after its introduction, … Continue reading

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Why hasn’t the dollar plunged?

Since the 2007-8 global financial crisis, the public debt of the United States government has soared to $17.4 trillion, roughly equivalent to America’s annual gross domestic product. The Federal Reserve has pumped more than $1 trillion into the economy in … Continue reading

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More labor mobility would alleviate asymmetric shocks in Europe

Free mobility of labor, one of the pillars of the European Union, has experienced a decrease in popularity in several European countries. Indeed, Swiss citizens in a very recent referendum voted to impose quotas on immigrants from EU countries. Especially … Continue reading

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