The problems of being too skilled for your job

What if you are too skilled for your job? Previous research has shown that over-skilled workers receive lower wages. A […]

Firms can rely on workers referred by current employees

Hiring job applicants who were referred by current employees is a common and empirically well-supported practice, but there is relatively […]

Ora et non labora? A test of the impact of religion on female labor supply

Religious norms on family formation and the respective roles of husband and wife are likely to influence labor market outcomes […]

Basic entrepreneurship helps women out of poverty – new evidence from Bangladesh

The world’s poorest people lack capital and skills and work in occupations that others shun. Using a large-scale and long-term […]

Seek and ye shall find: how search requirements affect job finding rates of older workers

Older workers often have difficulties to find a new job after becoming unemployment. While this problem is often attributed to […]

Workers bear most of the corporate tax burden

Do higher corporate taxes reduce wages? While this question has heavily been discussed in economics since the 1960s, compelling empirical […]

Will There Be Blood? – Economic incentives increase blood donations without negative consequences

Institutions such as the World Health Organization and national blood agencies have for 40 years promoted policy guidelines that oppose […]

Extended unemployment insurance did not affect U.S. unemployment rate

Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits typically are available for 26 weeks in the United States. In response to the Great Recession […]

Immigrant integration: Linguistic distance impedes literacy

Language acquisition of immigrants is crucially affected by the dissimilarity between the immigrant’s mother tongue and the language of the […]

Microinsurance in developing countries can help prevent child labor

Child labor is a common consequence of economic shocks in developing countries. A new IZA discussion paper by Andreas Landmann […]

Older workers use longer unemployment benefit duration to retire earlier

Extending the duration of unemployment insurance (UI) bene fits is one of the most important policy instruments to ease economic hardships […]

Blacks are still less happy than whites in the United States

In the United States the well-being of blacks is still below the well-being of whites. This has been shown by […]

Search and mating: the effect of the Internet on marriage rates

Internet facilitates searching tremendously. This should not only be true when you shop online for books or software, but also […]

Pay later to increase honesty – evidence from a field experiment with soldiers

People tend to be more honest if they are not rewarded immediately but rather in the distant future. This is […]

Do family-friendly policies hamper women’s careers?

Over the past 20 years, female labor participation in the U.S. has decreased remarkably relative to other Western countries: In […]


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