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The labor market in Japan, 2000–2016: A role model for aging societies across the globe

A new IZA World of Labor report looking at developments in the labor market in Japan since 2000 finds that despite a plummeting working-age population, Japan has sustained its labor force size, thanks to surging employment among women. Aging populations … Continue reading

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Well-being effects vary for formal and informal childcare

All parents are faced with the difficult decision of how to organize childcare. Parents preferring to return to the labor market early after childbirth usually rely on formal daycare or give the children to the grandparents. Others are convinced that … Continue reading

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How female labor supply is influenced by working neighbors and retired grandmothers

Over the last century, female labor participation has increased in almost all developed countries. The availability of child care and increased contraceptive access along with other institutional, cultural and policy changes have made it easier for women to reconcile family … Continue reading

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Investing in early childhood development reduces inequality

Early childhood years are highly formative and often provide the basis for educational, professional and social achievements in adulthood. IZA World of Labor features two recent articles which examine early childhood conditions and their policy implications from different angles: preschool … 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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Is formal care as good as the support of loving grandparents?

Since early childcare plays an important role in the development of cognitive skills, it partially determines success later in life. What improves cognitive ability and behavioral development at a young age is therefore of crucial policy importance. While early psychological … Continue reading

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Evidence-ignoring family policy in Germany

The German federal government recently introduced the Betreuungsgeld, a family benefit paid to parents who keep their one- and two-year-old children at home rather than sending them to public childcare. In August 2014, monthly benefit payments were raised to 150 … Continue reading

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