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The moral hazard of life-saving innovations: Naloxone access, opioid abuse, and crime

By Jennifer Doleac and Anita Mukherjee The United States is grappling with an epidemic of opioid abuse and mortality. The U.S. Surgeon General recently called for everyone to carry naloxone — a drug that can save someone’s life if administered … Continue reading

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Differences in risk attitudes do not explain gender gap in leadership positions

A recent IZA World of Labor article suggests that gender differences in attitudes toward risk are less significant than previously claimed and cannot explain women’s under-representation in high-level occupations. The commonly accepted argument in the economics literature is that women … Continue reading

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Innovative approach to reduce violence and crime in Liberia: New research supported by DFID and IZA

Cities are home to more than half the population of developing countries. Many cities struggle to deal with large-scale urban violence, crime, and drugs, especially among poor young men. In post-conflict and fragile states, poor young men are also targets … Continue reading

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Don’t doze off… Being tired might make you risky

It is common sense that making important decisions after a night of poor sleep might be a bad idea. Marco Castillo, David L. Dickinson and Ragan Petrie put this notion to an experimental test. In a study published in the … Continue reading

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Pour some sugar in me: Faster, better decisions with glucose

Many factors influence the quality of decision making:  importance, relevance, and even time of day can affect the degree to which we thoughtfully consider a decision. In a new IZA paper, Todd McElroy, David L. Dickinson and Nathan Stroh investigate how … Continue reading

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Risk and compensation in the labor market for drug smugglers

Every year, roughly 3,000 people are arrested while working as “mules” smuggling drugs through the ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexican border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. For every mule caught, many more get through. Despite the great … Continue reading

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