It matters if you’re black or white – on Australian buses!

Almost 60 years after the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott triggered by black civil rights activist Rosa Parks, a new IZA […]

What happens to the careers of European workers when immigrants “take their jobs”?

A new IZA Discussion paper by Cristina Cattaneo, Carlo V. Fiorio and Giovanni Peri evaluates the effect of immigrants on […]

Eat sugar and make better choices

Formal economic models rarely consider the mental conditions of individuals when analyzing their behavior and the decisions they make. In […]

Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back

Most academic disciplines use a statistical threshold to decide whether a hypothesis is likely to be true. If a test […]

Women do better and seem less anxious in all-female classes

Nowadays more women attend university than men. Yet, women are still under-represented in the highest levels of technical subjects such […]

Ten years of “Agenda 2010”

A decade ago the German labor market was regarded as a sick patient. Today it is performing exceptionally well and […]

Germany, the North Star of labor policy

Germany has not only successfully managed to escape the unemployment trap it was caught in for a couple of decades, […]

U.S. budget cuts likely to aggravate income inequality

The U.S. budget cuts bear large economic and political risks for U.S. citizens as they will aggravate income inequality. This […]

Smoking bans make (some) smokers happy

A recent IZA Discussion Paper by Reto Odermatt and Alois Stutzer shows that smoking bans increase the happiness of smokers […]

Economists agree on key economic questions

Ask two doctors and you get two opinions, ask two economists and you get three. It often seems that professional […]

Who joins a drug-selling gang?

A new paper by Leandro Carvalho and Rodrigo R. Soares analyzes the members of drug-trafficking gangs in the favelas (slums) […]

Newspapers make governments more efficient

The key democratic task of the press is to be a watchdog for governments and politicians. Do the media carry […]

Girls, take maths and boost your career!

A recent IZA working paper by Juanna Schrøter Joensen and Helena Skyt Nielsen suggests that taking more Math courses in […]


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