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Is dependency on disability insurance benefits transmitted from parents to children?

Disability benefits provide an essential safety net for many people of working age whose health prevents them from engaging in paid work. But many countries are increasingly concerned about the fiscal sustainability of high and growing disability insurance (DI) dependency … Continue reading

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Teenage daughters as a risk factor for divorce

Sullen exchanges, inexplicable silences and broken curfews can be part of life for parents of teenagers, but could this period be also a stress-test for parents’ marriages? A new IZA Discussion Paper finds that parents of teenage daughters are more likely … Continue reading

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How tax policy can promote lifelong learning

In the face of demographic and technological change, people will have to work longer and are more likely to switch jobs, careers, or tasks within a given job. Faster depreciation of human capital increases the need for lifelong learning. Some … Continue reading

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What a difference a day makes: Marriages with special wedding dates more likely to fail

Family stability is a prerequisite for a number of social outcomes that policy makers care about, not the least being child well-being and inequality. Still, the underlying factors influencing marital stability are not well understood. In their new discussion paper, … Continue reading

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Backlash against Muslim immigrants after terrorist attacks harms integration and the economy

The recent rise in the number and intensity of fundamentalist Islamic terrorist attacks occurring in several Western cities could, as it has in previous situations, inflame an aggressive socio-political atmosphere against Muslims. How does this affect the integration of Muslim … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, you’re fired! Effects of the age-dependent minimum wage in the Netherlands

The effects of the minimum wage on youth employment flows are at the focal point of the current policy debate in the Netherlands. A specific feature of the Dutch minimum wage system is that the youth minimum wage rate is … Continue reading

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Demanding occupations and the retirement age

With populations aging in across most developed countries, governments are under pressure to reform pension schemes to guarantee their fiscal sustainability. Raising the statutory retirement age – the age at which individuals are entitled to ‘full’ retirement benefits – is … Continue reading

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