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Commentary

Watch exclusive video from conferences, debates and other events on labor market economics as well as reading the latest opinion pieces from IZA World of Labor authors.

  • May 04, 2017

    Environmental regulations and business decisions

    How costly are environmental regulations, and how do their costs compare with their benefits?

  • April 20, 2017

    Labor market issues in the 2017 French presidential election

    High unemployment in France is one of the main issues of the presidential election of May 2017.

  • April 07, 2017

    Immigration and native workers' health

    The public debate on immigration tends to focus on its effects on wages and employment. It typically fails to consider the effects of immigration on working conditions that are known to affect employees’ health.

  • March 20, 2017

    Not bad at all—the true state of the US labor market

    In his February 25 New York Times opinion piece “A time for immodest proposals” Ross Douthat quoted a right-leaning economist who stated that the US labor market is not doing well, with unemployment high and wages stagnating. This seems to be a general opinion, with Donald Trump complaining during the election campaign about high unemployment and Bernie Sanders arguing about falling living standards. With a carefully chosen base period for comparison, one can easily demonstrate either improving or declining conditions; but the correct basis is a time when unemployment is about the same as today’s 4.8%. As the figure shows, that time is 2000.

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