Tag Archives: well-being

Informal care givers pay a high price in well-being

Population ageing is putting large pressure on public health and pension systems in most Western countries, and so policymakers are increasingly searching for ways to cut costs. Some of the reforms have resulted in larger burdens especially for poorer individuals … Continue reading

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Equality of opportunity – for what?

By Daniel Mahler and Xavi Ramos The notion that individuals ought to have equal opportunities in life is popular among politicians, the general public, and philosophers alike. It is deeply embodied in the American Dream and has resonated with politicians … Continue reading

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Mental health affects employment outcomes – and vice versa

Depression, which is the focus of this year’s World Health Day, is also an important topic for labor economists as mental health and employment outcomes are inherently intertwined. People with poor mental health have lower levels of economic activity, lower … Continue reading

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Implications of human dignity for international development theory and practice

In her contribution to the second international Human Dignity and Human Development Conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, IZA Research Asssociate Milena Nikolova related human dignity to subjective well-being measures in the context of development. “From … Continue reading

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What is the cost of falling victim to violent crime?

Violent crimes, be it physical and sexual assault, robbery or homicide, unfortunately are still common in any society. From an economic point of view, being a victim to a violent crime imposes significant direct monetary costs (through forgone wages and … Continue reading

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Why labor market policies should be guided by happiness

Happiness should be a guiding factor in the governance of labor markets, argues Jo Ritzen in his most recent IZA World of Labor article. When designing employment policies, policy makers should weigh the unhappiness of the unemployed against the extra … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, be happy! A selection of empirical evidence for the International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness! The perfect opportunity to provide an overview of some cutting-edge research on what makes us (un)happy. Read these exciting articles from IZA World of Labor, the IZA Open Access Journals and the IZA … Continue reading

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