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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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How China’s rise has challenged the benign view of free trade

The costs and benefits of free trade are one of the most contentious topics in economic policy. Economists often argue in policy discussions that trade is Pareto improving (i.e., at least one party wins without any other party losing) and … Continue reading

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Economic costs of global warming

Climate change is considered one of the major challenges of the 21st century. While politicians and scientists at the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn are currently debating the political implications, economists have looked into the various economic consequences of … Continue reading

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Rise in earnings inequality is the biggest difficulty in today’s US labor market

A new IZA World of Labor report looking at the US labor market (2000-2016) finds a remarkable drop in the labor force participation rate; the nearly full recovery of unemployment from the depths of the Great Recession; and the continuing growth in … Continue reading

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Does modern technology slow down employment growth after recessions?

In the last 25 to 30 years, recoveries from recessions in the US have been plagued by weak employment growth. While before 1990 employment growth during the two years following a recession was a little over five percent, it has … Continue reading

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How deporting all undocumented workers would hurt the U.S. economy

Immigration issues are at the top of many western countries’ political agendas. The EU is still processing all of the ramifications of the refugee crisis. Illegal immigration was also a central theme during the U.S. presidential race. Donald Trump’s promise … Continue reading

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How bad is involuntary part-time work?

By Daniel Borowczyk-Martins (Sciences Po and IZA) and Etienne Lalé (University of Bristol and IZA) When assessing the state of the labor market economists and policy-makers usually look at the unemployment rate. In recent years, observers have been paying increasing … Continue reading

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