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Educational choices can help explain income inequality in Germany

Rising levels of income inequality in many developed countries have led to much political and scientific controversy. One of the empirical challenges is to identify the causes and drivers of inequality. A new study by German economists Albrecht Glitz (Universitat … Continue reading

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The gender pay gap: Discrimination or structural differences?

By Solomon W. Polachek Women earn less than men. In the US the gap is approximately 22%. Among OECD countries the gap averages 15%. One might argue this indicates rampant discrimination. But the story is far more complicated. Many women … Continue reading

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Genes, education and labor market outcomes

What can genetic information teach us about the intergenerational transmission of economic inequality? A new IZA Discussion Paper by Nicholas W. Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University & IZA) and Kevin Thom (New York University) uses molecular genetic data to better understand … Continue reading

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The overeducated Italian doctors

By Giuseppe Lucio Gaeta, Giuseppe Lubrano Lavadera, and Francesco Pastore Gaining a Ph.D. possibly determines positive outcomes from both an individual and a societal perspective. For candidates, doctoral education is an investment aimed at acquiring skills and competences to be … Continue reading

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New trends in labor economics and policy advice: IZA/CERGE-EI conference in Prague

To celebrate the work of 2015 IZA Prize laureate Jan Svejnar, IZA organized a joint conference with CERGE-EI on “Labor Economics and its Public Policy Impact on Economic Growth” in Prague on November 21, which attracted a distinguished audience of … Continue reading

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Consumption loans: Breaking the cycle of hunger in Zambia

Small-scale farming remains the primary source of income for the vast majority of the rural population in Zambia, with typically low levels of productivity and farming income. During the hungry season (January to March), farmers who can’t get access to … Continue reading

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Debunking the myth of job-stealing immigrants: NYT article draws on research from the IZA network

In the face of increasing migrant flows, public discourse often focuses on the perceived negative effects on the native population. But do less educated immigrants really displace similarly skilled native workers? Or do they rather complement native skills, thus stimulating … Continue reading

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