Tag Archives: labor mobility

State-funded mobility assistance helps the unemployed

Given that employment prospects vary substantially across regions in many industrialized countries, it seems economically attractive to geographically relocate unemployed job-seekers from depressed to prosperous regions in order to reduce overall unemployment. Governments thus offer financial support to unemployed job-seekers … Continue reading

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Revitalizing the EU requires new reforms that build on past successes

Sixty years after the Treaties of Rome, the European Union faces several contemporary challenges on both the political and economic front. With the staggering blow of the 2008-2009 recession, followed by the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, and recent … Continue reading

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Countries benefit from legalizing undocumented immigrants

A new article published on IZA World of Labor finds that legalizing illegal immigrants can boost tax revenues, prevent worker exploitation, reduce crime, and support national security. Millions of migrants cross borders without authorization each year. The global stock of … Continue reading

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30 years after Schengen: Freedom of movement in danger

In June 1985, European leaders met in the town of Schengen in Luxembourg. They agreed to gradually relax border controls between their countries. Today the Schengen Area comprises 26 European countries that have abolished passport checks and other types of … Continue reading

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IZA Director Zimmermann: Europe needs an open and flexible labor market

To stimulate growth, development and integration, there is an urgent need for more and easier labor mobility in Europe. But labor markets in the EU still suffer from many barriers. The missing mobility – both within and between countries – … Continue reading

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Business visits increase productivity

According to the International Air Transport Association, each year several hundred million workers carry out an international business trip, that is, a work-related visit in another country lasting only a few days. One intriguing feature of this labor flow is the almost exact … Continue reading

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Poland should soon join the Euro – for its own benefit and that of Europe

Poland’s swift accession to the Eurozone would further accelerate the country’s economic rise and stimulate growth in the European Union as a whole, according to IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann. He received the European Investment Bank’s first EIB Prize during … Continue reading

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